Police Follow Barefoot Bandit to Bahamas

Mom says teen has been stealing for years

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:17 PM CDT
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Authorities in the Bahamas are searching for a teenage fugitive, whose international adventure sounds like they came out of Hollywood.

Colton Harris-Moore, 19, is suspected of stealing a single-engine Cessna that was reported missing in Bloomington, Indiana, on Sunday. The theft could not have been an easy feat because the plane was located inside an airport with a 10-foot security fence with barbed wire and coded access gates, reports the AP.

Then again, Harris-Moore is no rookie. Police in the state of Washington say he committed several minor burglaries in the Pacific Northwest before he advanced to stealing power boats, luxury cars, and airplanes in the Midwest.

Practice makes perfect, eh?

Some of his alleged crimes were committed while shoeless, earning him the nickname "the barefoot bandit."

The U.S. Coast Guard reportedly received a signal from the stolen Cessna's emergency locator transmitter, placing the aircraft on the coast of the Bahamas, according to the AP.

Harris-Moore, with no formal flight training, had a bit of a rough landing. The plane was wrecked, but when investigators arrived at the scene, the teen was long gone.

Police suspect that he suffered injuries and are asking locals to keep an eye out for the frequent felon.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, reports the AP.

Considering the trouble he's in, Harris-More is probably shaking in his boots. That is, if he had any.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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