Teen Robin Hood Leads Cops on Merry Chase

He's stolen planes, boats during 18-month spree
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 10:13 AM CST
Adin Stevens displays a shirt he printed celebrating teenage fugitive Colton Harris-Moore in his Seattle printing shop.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – Whether they want to arrest him or turn his life into a movie, everyone wants a piece of teen fugitive Colton Harris-Moore. The 18-year-old, on the run since April 2008, is wanted for at least 50 burglaries—some of them Catch Me If You Can-style capers involving planes and speedboats, the Independent reports. "To see an 18-year-old kid that seems to be taking on the system and winning…it certainly strikes their imagination," says the founder of Harris-Moore's Facebook fan site, where the kid crook has nearly 4,000 fans.

Harris-Moore grew up on Camano Island, in Puget Sound, and police think he's back in the area after flying to—and crash-landing on—an Indian reservation and making his way across British Columbia. He's been on the lam since escaping a juvie prison last year. Harris-Moore's mom says she's asked him to come home, but to no avail. "If he taught himself to fly, I'm very proud of him," she says. "Next time, I hope he wears a parachute."