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'Barefoot Bandit' Finally Captured

Colton Harris-Moore

July 11, 2010 — Colton Harris-Moore, known as the "Barefoot Bandit," was arrested today (July 11) as he attempted to dock a boat in a harbor on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera according to the Associated Press.

Harris-Moore is thought responsible for a string of burglaries and car, boat, and airplane thefts stretching from his native Pacific Northwest to South Dakota, Nebraska, and Indiana. On July 4, Harris-Moore allegedly stole a Cessna 400 Corvalis from a locked hangar at the Bloomington, Indiana Airport and later that day, the plane’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was activated in the waters off of the Bahamas (1,000 miles southeast) where Harris-Moore is thought to have ditched. The Coast Guard did not find anyone with the wreckage.

Harris-Moore has no formal flight training and is believed to have taught himself to fly by reading manuals and information on the Internet.

He was spotted at various area locations and reports of boat thefts and damage soon followed. He was spotted by two ferry boat captains who saw him "lurking" in the woods and bathing in an inlet. The next day three boats with damaged ingition systems were found. Other sightings followed including at a bar buying a woman a drink and driving a rental car. Not all of the sightings have been confirmed.

Royal Bahamian police were able to narrow their search after a boat stolen from the island of Great Abaco turned up 40 miles north on the island of Eleuthera.

Harris-Moore is being transported to Nassau, the capital, where he faces possible extradition to the U.S.

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