Colton Harris Moore, 19, aka The Barefoot Bandit, has been apprehended by Bahamian authorities today. Harris Moore has been able to escape capture for over two years after a spree of home break-ins, car theft and plane theft which began in Washington State.
Say what you will about this young man, he certainly had some brains and a sense of adventure…more than most of us will ever experience. Before you all start verbally whipping me, let me say this: Yes, he broke many laws by stealing lots of folks’ property. I live in Washington State and have seen the over-zealous nuts and bounty hunters freaking out over Colton’s exploits. It’s understood that Colton had issues, and in fact, escaped from a half-way house on Camano Island, Washington, which began his two-year spree.
Let’s just hope his punishment isn’t worse than child abducting sex offenders.
Colton Harris-Moore, who is said to have stolen cars, boats, planes – often without shoes – was arrested early Sunday morning on northern Eleuthera island in the Bahamas, the Associated Press reports.
Island police have been searching for the 19-year-old fugitive since last week, when he allegedly crashed a plane onto Great Abaco Island.
Moore, who lived a troubled childhood on Camano Island, Wash., has been on the run since 2008 when he broke out of a Washington halfway house. He has gained a cult following of fans for his unique calling cards at the alleged crime scenes – leaving barefoot signs or donations for animal charities in his wake.
A Facebook phenomenon and the subject of a proposed feature film, Moore was discovered by island police, the AP reports, when they came upon his trail in Eleuthera after recovering a power boat stolen from Abaco, where he was suspected in a number of burglaries.
Many of his fans, true to form, are disappointed with the arrest.
“Oh poo, the fun’s over,” wrote one on Twitter.”
The big question IS: Who will play Colton Harris Moore in the film version of his adventures?