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Barefoot Bandit Back in the US to Face Charges

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July 15, 2010The Associated Press reports that Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called “Barefoot Bandit,” pleaded guilty on July 13 to illegally landing a plane in the Bahamas and was fined $300. He was then extradited to the United States and appeared in a Miami court on Wednesday. A second hearing is scheduled for Friday.

His two-year crime spree came to an abrupt end on Sunday, July 11, as he attempted dock a stolen boat on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera according to the The Guardian. Royal Bahamian police, having narrowed their search after a stolen boat from the island of Great Abaco turned up 40 miles north on Eleuthera. Police shot out the engines of the boat as Harris-Moore was attempting to flee.

Harris-Moore, 19, is accused of committing about 70 burglaries, car, boat, and airplane thefts, and other property crimes in eight states and Canada stretching from his native Pacific Northwest to Indiana. On July 4, Harris-Moore allegedly stole a Cessna 400 Corvalis from a locked hangar at the Bloomington, Indiana Airport and flew it to the Bahamas, where the plane’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was activated offshore where he is thought to have ditched.

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

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