'Barefoot Bandit' Was Shoeless When Busted

Colton Harris-Moore arrives in Nassau after capture, faces extradition to US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
Colton Harris-Moore is barefoot, handcuffed, shackled, and in the custody of local police as he arrives in Nassau, the Bahamas, from Eleuthera, Sunday, July 11, 2010.   (Felipe Major)
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(Newser) – The teenage "Barefoot Bandit" who allegedly stole cars, boats, and airplanes to dodge US law enforcement was nabbed today as he tried to make a water escape, then brought handcuffed—and shoeless—to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, to face justice. Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn in northern Eleuthera, abruptly ending his 2-year life on the lam, said a rep for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. A contingent of high-ranking officers traveled to the island and took the suspect to Nassau, where he faces possible extradition to the US.

True to his nickname, the 19-year-old suspect was barefoot as he stepped off the plane. He kept his head down and ignored questions shouted by reporters. Escorted by six police cars and SUVs, the teen had close-shorn hair and wore short camouflage cargo pants, a white long-sleeved shirt, and a bulletproof vest. Island police had been searching for the wily fugitive since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane a week ago on Great Abaco Island, where he was blamed for at least seven break-ins.

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