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Serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore is wanted in federal court

Colton Harris-Moore ...
Colton Harris-Moore ... 'Barefoot Bandit' suspected of committing burglaries and thefts in San Juan County, several states.
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Serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore is now wanted in federal court.

Harris-Moore has been charged in U.S. District Court in Seattle with interstate transportation of stolen property. He is also charged in Island County with flight to avoid prosecution and in San Juan County with forced entry burglary / burglary second degree.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that the federal complaint was filed Dec. 11 but had recently been unsealed by the court. The complaint had been presented by Special Agent Linwood E. Smith III before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler.

The complaint gives details about evidence linking Harris-Moore to the plane theft, and gives some insight into his outdoor survival techniques. It also summarizes Harris-Moore's alleged crime locations prior to the Idaho plane theft: Island County, Whatcom County, Snohomish County, the Yakama Indian Nation reservation, Boundary County, Idaho, "and several locations in British Columbia, Canada."

Authorities believe Harris-Moore is now in the Bahamas, and that he flew a stolen plane to the Bahamian coast from Indianapolis, Ind. The FBI has offered a $10,000 for information leading to Harris-Moore's arrest.

"Between on or about September 29, 2009 and October 1, 2009, within the Western District of Washington, Colton Harris-Moore did unlawfully transport a stolen aircraft, that is, one 2005 Cessna T-182T ... from the State of Idaho to the State of Washington, knowing the same to be stolen," the federal complaint states about the Idaho plane theft.

According to the complaint, the plane was stolen from an airport in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, and bare footprints were found at the scene. "Of particular interest to this investigation, on or about September 24, 2009, and during the aforementioned string of burglaries and vehicle thefts, a firearm was stolen from an airplane hangar in Creston, British Columbia, Canada."

On Oct. 1, the airplane stolen from Bonner's Ferry was found crashed in a rural area south of Granite Falls, Wash. "Bare footprints were found near the crash site by law enforcement trackers," the complaint states. "The next day, a makeshift campsite was found near Granite Falls, approximately 3.6 miles from the Cessna airplane crash site. Items recovered at this campsite included two Key Bank bags that were stolen from an Ace Hardware store on Orcas Island on or about September 4, 2009, in which Harris-Moore is a leading suspect."

Also recovered were the handgun stolen in Creston, B.C., and a mirror. "Bare footprints consistent with those left by Harris-Moore at other crime scenes were also discovered near the campsite."

Fingerprints on the mirror were determined by the Washington State Patrol crime lab to be Harris-Moore's. DNA recovered from the airplane matched Harris-Moore's, the complaint says.

Based on the evidence presented to her, Judge Theiler found there is "probable cause to believe the defendant committed the offense set forth in the complaint."

U.S. vs. Colton Harris-Moore

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