Teen ‘barefoot bandit’ hunted in Bahamas for string of break-ins
MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas — A teenage thief who hopscotched his way across the U.S. and escaped in a stolen plane to the Bahamas lived up to his legend Wednesday, eluding a manhunt after allegedly committing a new series of break-ins on a normally quiet island.
Bahamian police interviewed burglary victims while searching for Colton Harris-Moore on Great Abaco Island days after the fugitive — dubbed the “barefoot bandit” for allegedly committing some crimes while shoeless — crash-landed the plane and made his way to shore.
Assistant Police Commissioner Glenn Miller said Harris-Moore is a suspect in the burglary of at least seven homes and businesses on Great Abaco, the largest of dozens of small islands that are a part of the Bahamas archipelago east of Florida.
The 19-year-old has been taunting police in a cat-and-mouse game for more than two years, starting in Washington state with small-time burglaries and escalating with the alleged theft of airplanes, boats and luxury vehicles. The cases were concentrated in the Pacific Northwest until recently, when small towns in the Midwest began noticing bizarre break-ins at airports and other locations that authorities connected to Harris-Moore, who has never had formal flying lessons.
A single-engine Cessna airplane was stolen over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind., and then crashed in shallow waters off Abaco more than 1,000 miles away.
Colton Harris-Moore stole plane, flew to island, officials say.