Barefoot Bandit's Footprints in Illinois, say Feds

The teen is suspected of committing crimes across U.S. and Canada

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Friday, Jul 16, 2010  |  Updated 8:38 AM CDT
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This July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore. Bahamas police captured the teenage U.S. fugitive on Sunday, July 11, 2010 bringing to an end the "Barefoot Bandit's" two-year flight from U.S. justice, a senior police official said. Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn on northern Eleuthera island, the police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. He said the suspect would soon be flown to Nassau, the capital, where the Royal Bahamas Police Force would be holding a news conference. (AP Photo/Island County Sheriff's Office via The Herald, File) NO SALES

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The Barefoot Bandit may have trodden through downstate Illinois.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said Colton Harris-Moore, the teen who perpetrated a nationwide crime spree, could be linked to a late-June burglary at the Vermilion Regional Airport in eastern Illinois. Federal prosecutors suspect the 19-year-old stole a car from the area and drove it across state lines.

That same vehicle later showed up at an airport in Bloomington, Ind., where Harris-Moore is accused of stealing a plane.

Police arrested Harris-Moore on suspicion he crashed the plane in the Bahamas.

The teen is suspected in about 70 property crimes in eight U.S. states and Canada.

A hearing was set Friday for the teen to determine if he has a lawyer, whether he deserves release on bail and when he will return to Seattle to face criminal charges.

Harris-Moore was sent Tuesday to Miami from the Bahamas, where he was captured after allegedly flying a stolen plane to the islands.

On the run for two years after escaping from a halfway house, he is a suspect in about 70 crimes in eight states, some he allegedly committed while shoeless. He was first arrested at age 12.

Harris-Moore is something of a folk hero, with his Facebook page listing more than 89,000 fans.

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