I couldn’t’ believe it when news broke this morning that the “Barefoot Bandit” had finally been nabbed. A modern day folk hero much in the vein of Frank Abignale (famous counterfeiter/fugitive in the 60s) or D.B. Cooper (only successful plain hijacker in history) yes Colton Harris-Moore was a criminal but there’s something about his story that seems larger than life, almost of mythic proportions.
Briefly filling you in, if you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so, Colton Harris Moore is a 19 year old fugitive from Camano Island in our very own Evergreen State. In and out of juvenile correction centers since his young teens, primarily for burglary and petty theft, Colton Harris-Moore gained notoriety after a string of almost 100 thefts (mostly around his home state) including bicycles, automobiles, boats and small aircrafts he learned to fly himself. Going from Washington across the midwest, and finally to the Bahamas, the 6’5 Bandit was easily spotted by law officials and apprehended earlier today after a high speed boat chase.
Is it wrong to support Colton Harris-Moore or view him as a folk hero? Well it’s a little much but looking at the circumstances he doesn’t sound like a bad guy, just misguided. A textbook neglected child, abused by his father, it’s no surprise he turned to a life of crime but what is surprising is how smart this kid is. He learned to fly a freaking plane on his own! While evading and constantly duping law officials! He made a clown of everyone for such a long time that you have to admire his street smarts and survival skills. Not to mention he never harmed anyone, on one occasion he even left $100 dollars at the doorstep of a Raymond, WA (Holla) Vetrinary clinic with a note reading “Drove by, had some extra cash. Please use this money for the care of animals.” There’s got to something good inside this crafty criminal.
On the other hand I’m sure I wouldn’t be quite the fan if he’d stolen my car or broken into my house. All in all I think it’s an amazing story, almost a modern day tall tale… That’s true. With all those burglaries it seems very likely that he’ll be looking at 10 years at the least and I base that off of absolutely nothing. I don’t know but I kind of feel bad for the guy… But I’m sure he’ll enjoy it when they make a movie about him, Shia Laboeuf anyone? Just kidding.