This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn in northern Eleuthera, said Sgt. True to his nickname, the year-old suspect was barefoot as he stepped off the plane. He kept his head down and ignored questions shouted by reporters.
Bonus headline: Teen 'Barefoot Bandit' might have struck again
Editorial: Caught teen no hero, just accused thief and fugitive | The Spokesman-Review
American teenager Colton Harris-Moore is being hunted by police in the Bahamas after allegedly stealing a plane and flying it from Indiana, the latest in a string of suspected thefts of aircraft, boats and cars. But why has this supposed serial thief and burglar become an internet celebrity? It's not that unusual for a year-old to have a Facebook page dedicated to his or her adulation, counting 45, fans. Growing up in Camano Island in the north-west of Washington state, Harris-Moore had a difficult childhood.
Island off Washington state searched for elusive 'barefoot burglar'
The folk-celebrity fugitive, on the lam for more than two years, stole and crashed three planes before being arrested in the Bahamas. As a folk-celebrity fugitive, Harris-Moore stole and crashed three planes during his well-documented exploits. But the effort hardly got off the ground before the federal probation office told Harris-Moore to stop fundraising. Most of his court-ordered restitution has been paid.
For two years he stayed a step ahead of the law — stealing cars, powerboats and even airplanes, police say, while building a reputation as a 21st-century folk hero. On Sunday, Colton Harris-Moore's celebrity became his downfall. Witnesses on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera recognized the year-old dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" and called police, who captured him after a high-speed boat chase, Bahamas Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said at a celebratory news conference in Nassau, the capital. Greenslade said shots were fired during the water chase but he did not say who fired them. He also said Harris-Moore was carrying a handgun that he tried to throw away.