Barefoot bandit caught in Bahamas

Posted on Monday, 12 July 2010 , 23:07:59 byAlina

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Barefoot bandit caught in Bahamas

A teenager accused of burglarizing homes, offices and businesses across Washington, as well as in British Columbia and Idaho has finally been captured in the Bahamas after two years of eluding the FBI and police in four states.

Colton Harris-Moore, 19, is also suspected of stealing cars, boats and at least five planes, including the one he piloted for more than 1,000 miles from Indiana to the Bahamas islands off Florida's coast, this weekend.

Harris-Moore was dubbed the 'Barefoot Bandit' because he has the habit of taking off his shoes before committing a crime.

Authorities caught Harris-Moore before dawn, while allegedly trying to steal a boat near Harbor Island, a small tourist destination just off mainland Eleuthera, police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade told a news conference. The teenager attempted to flee but police shot out the engine on his boat.

The tall young man was carrying a knapsack and a gun that he tried to throw away and shots were fired during a water chase.

"It was like something you might see in the movies," Greenslade said.

Harris-Moore has been running from U.S. law enforcement since escaping from a Washington state halfway house in 2008.

Harris-Moore has nearly 58,000 fans on Facebook, some of whom on Sunday posted disappointed messages or promoted T-shirts and tote bags with the words "Free Colton!" and "Let Colton Fly!"

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