Friday, June 18, 2010

He is a friend to animals so he's okay in my book.

'Barefoot Bandit' Leaves Note, $100 At Raymond Vet Clinic

SEATTLE -- Colton Harris-Moore, the teen fugitive who has eluded capture for two years, left a handwritten note and $100 at a veterinary clinic in Raymond, Wash., Raymond police told the CBS News program "48 Hours".

Police told a "48 Hours" producer that the crime lab dusted the note for fingerprints and matched the prints to Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old who left a halfway house two years ago and is suspected of dozens of thefts in five Washington counties, British Columbia and Idaho.

Police said the note was left on May 30 or May 31 in the town near the coast along Highway 101, about a 95-mile drive southwest of Seattle.

The note appears to confirm the suspicion that Harris-Moore has moved from Camano Island south, to the banks of the Columbia River that divides Washington and Oregon.

Matthew Workman, the police chief of Warrenton, Ore., told the Everett Herald on Wednesday that Harris-Moore may be a suspect in connection with a boat theft, a car theft and the attempted theft of a plane on June 1, a day or two after the note was left in Raymond, Wash.

"It stands to reason they would be related," he told the newspaper.

Officials are analyzing fingerprints taken from a $450,000 boat stolen from Ilwaco, Wash., and recovered at a dock near the southern end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the Herald said.

State and federal authorities have conducted massive searches for the teen in the past two years, but have never found him.
Several Seattle bounty hunters have also been looking for him since June 2. The recovery agents volunteered their services and also added $2,500 to the reward fund.

An anonymous donor offered Harris-Moore $50,000 to turn himself in to police, but his five-day window passed and the teen did not contact authorities.

He earned the moniker "The Barefoot Bandit" by reportedly committing some of the crimes in his bare feet. Last fall, footprints were found at an airport hangar in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where a plane was stolen then crash-landed 260 miles to the west, near Granite Falls. And in February, someone who broke into a grocery store in the San Juan Islands drew cartoonish, chalk-outline feet all over the floor.

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