SEATTLE -- Colton Harris-Moore, the Camano Island teen fugitive, may have stolen a small plane in Indiana over the weekend and crash-landed it in the Bahamas, police told The Everett Herald.
Authorities told the paper that a single-engine Cessna was taken from the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington, Indiana. The plane was found 1,200 miles away in shallow water in Bahamian territory.
Harris-Moore, also known as the ‘barefoot bandit’ because he commits his crimes without shoes, has been tangling with police since age 12.
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In 2004, when he was 12, Harris-Moore was convicted of possessing stolen property. During the next three years he was convicted of theft, burglary, malicious mischief and assault.
Two years later he was arrested after he was found living in someone else’s home, where he was comfortable enough to have pizza’s delivered.
He fled a minimum security facility in 2008 and is suspected of dozens of crimes close to his home on Camano Island.
The teen fugitive left a handwritten note and $100 at a veterinary clinic in Raymond, Wash., Raymond police told the CBS News program "48 Hours".
The note reads: "Drove by, had some extra cash. Please use this cash for the care of animals --Colton Harris-Moore, (AKA: "The Barefoot Bandit") Camano Island, WA.
Photo: What looks like a self-portrait taken on a stolen digital camera in 2008.
In November of 2008, police suspected Harris-Moore of stealing a plane and headed to San Juan County. Authorities are also investigating a plane crash in Idaho in October of 2009 to see if he was involved.
The thefts in June of cars and planes led authorities to conclude that Harris-Moore was in the Midwest.
His mother, Pam Kohler, recently told The Herald that she hoped her son would steal a plane and flee the country.
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