'Barefoot Bandit' Likely Fled Bahamas

Colton Harris-Moore again gives cops the slip
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2010 9:03 AM CDT
Harris-Moore earned the "Barefoot Bandit" nickname because he allegedly went shoeless for some of his crimes and once left behind chalk footprints as his calling card.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A fugitive teenager who has eluded teams of local police and FBI agents may have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said. Authorities are investigating a report that Colton Harris-Moore, dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit," has fled Great Abaco Island and was spotted on Eleuthera, about 40 miles south. It was unclear how the 19-year-old fugitive might have escaped the island, but a powerboat was stolen in Marsh Harbour.

Investigators have been searching the 120-mile-long boomerang-shaped island for Harris-Moore since Sunday, patrolling ports and airports to cut off potential escape routes for the wily convict, accused of dozens of burglaries in the US. The marina where the boat was stolen is next door to a restaurant where the teen was allegedly caught on surveillance footage during a break-in 4am Tuesday. Police were investigating at least six other burglaries stretching from the island's southern point to Marsh Harbour.

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