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The Barefoot Bandit Captured by Bahaman Police

The Barefoot Bandit Captured by Bahaman Police

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July 11, 2010

NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamian police captured a teenage U.S. fugitive Sunday, bringing to an end the “Barefoot Bandit’s” two-year flight from U.S. justice, a senior police official said.

Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn on northern Eleuthera island, the police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. He said the suspect would soon be flown to Nassau, the capital, where the Royal Bahamas Police Force would be holding a news conference.

Island police have been searching for him since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane a week ago on nearby Great Abaco Island.

Harris-Moore, who has been running from American law enforcement since escaping from a Washington state halfway house in 2008, gained fame and thousands of fans who admired his ability to evade arrest. He is suspected of stealing cars, boats and at least five planes – including the aircraft he allegedly stole in Indiana and flew to the islands off Florida’s coast, despite a lack of formal flight training.

The 19-year-old is a skilled outdoorsman who honed his abilities growing up in the woods of Camano Island in Puget Sound about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Seattle.

Island police picked up his trail in Eleuthera after recovering a 44-foot (13-meter) power boat stolen from a marina on Abaco, 40 miles (65 kilometers) to the north, where he was suspected in a string of burglaries.

Burglary victims in Eleuthera told The Associated Press on Saturday they had little doubt the lanky, 6-foot, 5-inch (1.9-meter) fugitive was on the island.

Ferry boat captain Freddie Grant said he was returning from Harbour Island in northern Eleuthera on Wednesday evening when he saw a tall, white teenager bathing or swimming in an inlet near the ferry landing. Ferry service employee Stan Pennerman also said he saw Harris-Moore lurking in the woods the same day.

Neither man thought much of it until they noticed the next morning that somebody had damaged the ignition system on three of their boats.

A bar at the ferry landing was also burglarized Wednesday night by a thief who cut a screen to break in, dismantled a security light, and moved the television’s remote controls, said Denaldo Bain, the 30-year-old manager of Coakley’s International Sporting Lounge.

“He was watching television. He was just chilling,” said Bain, who also said he saw the teenager in the inlet.

Harris-Moore had a troubled childhood. His first conviction, for possession of stolen property, came at age 12. Within a few months of turning 13, he had three more.

He was sentenced to nearly four years in juvenile detention after being caught in an unoccupied home in 2007, but he did well enough there that he was transferred to a group home, where he sneaked out of a window more than two years ago.

He was dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit” for allegedly going shoeless during some crimes and once allegedly leaving behind chalk footprints as a calling card.

He has become a folk hero to supporters, who have bought “Run, Colton, Run” T-shirts and written songs about his exploits. He has tens of thousands of followers on Facebook.

  • Car6_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    A shame he wasted his life and gifts, more of a shame that that many people supported that...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    YAY!! Its about time.. This kid has been brazenly thumbing his nose at the law for years now. Obviously after reading the statement his mother made about hoping he would go to a country where there was no extradition, we see why he turned out the way he did.

    rwohlsein-That was kind of a huge blanket statement.. Just because kids "follow and are fans of Twilight and Justin Beiber" doesnt mean they arent intelligent children.. Remember we were teenagers once, and into Music and Movies etc .. and we seemed to have turned out okay...(Well I do question my sanity sometimes.. ) :()

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    This is sad he did not use his intelligence for something positive.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    good job

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    At the end of the day, he's just another punk. Lock his a$$ up.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    To all those people calling Harris-Moore a dumbass: how many of you without formal aviation training could successfully fly from Indiana to the Bahamas? This kid is a dirtbag criminal who - hopefully - will spend the next 20 years in prison learning what the real world is about, but make no mistake; he is by far one of the most resourceful people I've ever heard of in my life, not to mention ballsy. I think the only reason we managed to catch him was because he got arrogant, as kids often do when they're getting away with everything, and he grabbed more than he could handle.

    That said, enjoy prison you snot-nosed little POS. Jump into the hole you've been digging for yourself the last 7 years.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    This crook has a substantial number of crimes to pay for in the Bahamas before he gets to come back to the U.S. He may be glad to get back here after a little time in the Bahama prison system. Unfortunately for the idiot, the prison system down there isn't as comfortable as it is in the U.S.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    Glad this idiot is off the streets, keep him in a nice secured cell.

  • Honorvalor_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I am glad they caught this kid...

  • John_groh_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    He couldn't have been that smart. Steals a plane and flies to an island where the only way off is by boat or plane. It was just a matter of time before they got him. I think he will see a lot of time in the jail down there before the US gets their hands on him for his crimes here.

  • Picture_002_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    It doesn't surprise me that there is this big following on facebooks, when you have teens who are die hard fans in Twilight and Justin Bieber, well I think they are obviously not going to be genius's in the world. This kid is so lucky someone wasn't an avid gun owner, they would have and probably should have shot him. All I can truely say is that hes going to be a puppet for the puppet master (probably with the name bubba) in Walla Walla.

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    He is one goofy looking douche. Glad this young idiot was caught.

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Will he have such a strong following now that he's caught? SO glad they finally caught him!

  • Wind_therapy-_angel_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    OUTSTANDING! The little Puke is right where he belongs....

  • 180px-chp_4th_gen_camaro_in_traditional_colors_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    It was only a matter of time before he got caught, very good news.
    I understand that he has a lot of followers, but I guarantee if he stole your boat or plane, or broke into your store and stole many items. You wouldn't be a fan of him anymore.

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