Monday, July 12, 2010

'Barefoot Bandit' outwitted in Bahamas by police

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Five stolen airplanes, two cars, over 75,000 Facebook fans and one final dramatic chase later, Colton Harris-Moore — the "Barefoot Bandit" — has been caught. The 19-year-old was arrested yesterday in the Bahamas after police shot out the engine of a boat he had stolen.

Harris-Moore had reportedly broken into more than 100 homes since he escaped a Washington State halfway house in 2008.

The story is extraordinary because of the sheer amount of luck, ingenuity and arrogance that he displayed throughout his career — he once ordered night-vision goggles on the Internet using victim's credit cards — but also because of the media following that Harris-Moore has accumulated.

He'd been called the "greatest fugitive of our time," and whether or not you hero-worship him like quite a few thousand people ahead of you, as this timeline of his exploits displays, he had an impressive run. He even acknowledged his fans in February when he left chalk footprints behind in a grocery store after lifting over $1,000 in merchandise.

Bahamian authorities finally arrested Harris-Moore after a boat chase on Sunday morning near a marina in Eleuthera, Bahamas. He had apparently bought drinks for a girl at a bar the night before. Who do you think is going to play her now that 20th Century Fox has the movie rights?

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