Colton Harris-Moore Indicted On Aircraft Theft, Flying Without Airman’s Certificate


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Colton Harris-Moore Indicted On Aircraft Theft, Flying Without Airman’s Certificate

By Mike Mitchell

November 12, 2010 - Colton Harris-Moore, 19, of Camano Island, Washington, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington in connection with his lengthy crime spree in the Pacific Northwest.

Harris-Moore is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel.

Harris-Moore remains in custody at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac, Washington. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on November 18, 2010. “The grand jury action is an important step in holding Colton Harris-Moore accountable for his criminal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.


The indictment follows the criminal complaint which was the basis for Harris-Moore’s arrest in the Bahamas in July 2010. Colton Harris-Moore dubbed the 'Barefoot Bandit' was arrested in the pre dawn hours of Sunday, July 25th when police picked up his trail on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas after they spotted the 44 foot long power boat in which the bandit had stolen from a marina in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco Island.

Colton Harris-Moore, dubbed the “Barefoot Burglar” for the reason that he once kicked off his shoes to flee police chasing him in the woods of his home town Camano Island, Washington has been on a two year spree of breaking into homes, stealing, cars, boats and aircraft since his escape from a group detention center in 2008.

The 19 year old Colton Harris-Moore had been wanted for crimes committed across the U.S., Canada and now the Bahamas. Over the July 4th weekend, Colton Harris-Moore Moore stole a single engine Cessna Corvalis 400, from Monroe County Airport Bloomington, Indiana and crash landed in shallow waters off Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The first charged criminal act in the indictment is the September 29, 2009 theft and transportation of a stolen Cessna aircraft from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to near Granite Falls, Washington.

The interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm count pertains to a .32 caliber pistol. Harris-Moore stole the pistol in Canada and carried it with him into Idaho and on the stolen plane he flew to the Granite Falls area. Harris-Moore is also charged with possessing another firearm while he was a fugitive between October 1, 2009 and May 6, 2010.


That weapon was a Jennings .22 caliber pistol. Harris-Moore is charged with piloting an aircraft without an airman’s certificate for a flight he made in a stolen plane from Anacortes to Eastsound, Washington on February 10, 2010. Finally, he is charged with the interstate transportation of a 34-foot boat he stole from Ilwaco, Washington and sailed to Oregon on May 31, 2010. 

Four of the counts in the indictment are punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Piloting an aircraft without an airman’s certificate is punishable by up to three years in prison.

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