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Are Police Close to Catching the 'Barefoot Bandit'?

Are Police Close to Catching the 'Barefoot Bandit'?

Colton Harris-Moore, The Barefoot Bandit. (

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

June 22, 2010

SEATTLE – Has infamous teen bandit Colton Harris-Moore fled the gloomy Pacific Northwest for the sunny summer warmth of the Midwest?

Police there are investigating that possibility after a string of burglaries and thefts in South Dakota that bear the distinct signature of the notorious “Barefoot Bandit.”

While authorities don’t know for sure if their suspect is Harris-Moore, police in Yankton, S.D., have been contacted by their counterparts in the Northwest, asking them to look into the possibility.

Yankton’s assistant police chief, Jerry Hisek, said the Northwest agencies’ interest was triggered by a rash of crimes, including break-ins and thefts of vehicles at airports and burglarized homes, that match Harris-Moore’s profile.

The South Dakota crime spree started after Harris-Moore apparently left the Northwest, donating $100 to a Raymond animal hospital and stealing a $450,000 yacht on his way to Oregon, then reportedly stealing more cars as he made his way toward Idaho.

A few days after Harris-Moore’s trail went cold in Boise, Idaho, on June 12, authorities in South Dakota noticed an unusual series of incidents:

• A vehicle with Washington state license plates was found abandoned in South Dakota, according to a local news station.

• A vehicle was reported stolen from the Spearfish, S.D., airport and another was stolen from the Yankton airport on Tuesday.

• One or more homes were burglarized in the same area, not far from the airport.

• In one of the burglaries, police say a man who fits the description of Harris-Moore occupied a home while the family was on vacation. The family came home and surprised him in their house, and the man fled the scene.

Police say it appears Harris-Moore spent about three months living in the San Juan Islands before his latest escapades.

Then in mid-May police think the elusive teen fled the islands in a series of stolen boats and wound up on Camano Island, where his mother lives.

Harris-Moore, also known as the “Barefoot Bandit” because his footprints have been found at some crime scenes, is suspected of stealing property worth as much as $1.5 million, and has been on the run since he escaped from a Renton group home in April 2008.

Since then he has been a thorn in the side of police, taunting investigators with his brazen crimes. Each time police have gotten close, Harris-Moore has managed to disappear into the woods without a trace.

Police believe he has broken into dozens of homes on islands around Puget Sound, and stolen planes, luxury cars and boats in five Washington counties, Idaho and Canada.

His crimes have made him a national celebrity. A Facebook page has thousands of fans, a magazine article has been published and a movie deal is reportedly in the works.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    One of these days this punk is going to break into the wrong home and some fine citizen is going to shoot him full of holes.

  • Tieton_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I agree Clobster, all indications are the Kid is Smart, he learned to fly by reading books and the internet then stole planes and flew them across the cascade mountain range, he could have done something with his life with his intelligence, of course he makes his own decisions but i place a majority of the blame on his mother for the way he was raised (I only include the mom because I have heard no mention of a father in interviews,also could be the problem) it sounds like she has enabled him and wouldn't be surprised if she helped him in life on the run, I've heard interviews saying she is proud that he has eluded the police.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Just a matter of time before he's caught.

  • My_myspace_pic_max50


    about 4 years ago


    They need to keep in touch with their cell phones. This little punk probably has a portable scanner to keep one step ahead of the cops...

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He is stupid enough to use the same MO in another state! It's only a matter of time before he's stupid enough to get caught.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    You know... Come to think of it... I can help but to believe that the "teen" is enjoying all this "celebrity status"...? Perhaps he is living in some sort of "fantasy world"...? Maybe he belives that "Smokey & The Bandit" was a real thing...?
    I would love to seat down with this "kid" in a room for interrogation... REALITY CHECK PUNK...!!!
    I had it with the "kids"...

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Movie Deal? Hard time deal would be best for this turd.

  • Spartan_cops_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Are you serious, someone catch this POS already...........

  • Justice-400_max50


    about 4 years ago


    What is so sad about this is that the kid is very smart and resoruceful. He could probably do a lot of good in the world, but has fallen into a life of crime instead.

  • Adp_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Moron. Please find his remains somewhere.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    If they ever catch this guy, Shepard Smith of FOX News will lose at least half of his *story line*... Between the BFB and the bear on the trampoline, that's about all he's got...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Couldn't agree more. And what's with this kid having fans on facebook!? Wonder if the "fans" would still be there if it was their home that was broken into and their stuff stolen and/or wrecked. Some people's kids...

  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I sure hope this POC gets caught.. It is time for him to sit in prison..

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