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Barefoot Bandit's 2-year run from law is over

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posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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Well it had to end sometime, my hero and the ultimate survivalist Colton Harris-Moore was finally apprehended in the BAHAMAS!

this is going to make a great movie, I love this kid.


A U.S. teenager who allegedly stole cars, boats and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement for two years was finally captured Sunday in the Bahamas, bringing an end to exploits that made the "Barefoot Bandit" a folk hero.
Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn in northern Eleuthera, said Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings, a spokeswoman for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. A contingent of high-ranking officers traveled to the island to take the suspect to Nassau, the country's capital, where he faces possible extradition to the United States.
Island police had been searching for the wily 19-year-old thief since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane a week ago on nearby Great Abaco Island, where he was blamed for a string of at least seven break-ins.
Authorities caught Harris-Moore as he attempted to dock a boat at Harbour Island, a small tourist destination just off mainland Eleuthera, said a senior police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. He said authorities had been watching the coastlines overnight.
Harris-Moore, who has been running from American law enforcement since escaping from a Washington state halfway house in 2008, gained fame and thousands of fans who admired his ability to evade arrest. He is suspected of stealing cars, boats and at least five planes — including the aircraft he allegedly lifted in Indiana and flew more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to the islands off Florida's coast, despite a lack of formal flight training.

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he crash landed yet another plane and walked away from it...crazy but true.




posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 10:52 AM
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reply to post by Just Wondering
 


Already posted


I love this guy.

Only if he were to have stole from the rich and gave to the poor
He would have had much more respect.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 10:59 AM
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He will be a hero. They will make a movie of his exploits. Why is this post so darned wide? Where is the barefoot mod who will trim it down?



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by gandhi
reply to post by Just Wondering
 


Already posted


I love this guy.

Only if he were to have stole from the rich and gave to the poor
He would have had much more respect.

I did a search for the thread title and came up empty.


I think he just stole enough to survive, I don't think he was stealing to get rich. Just a misguided American youth, the potential this kid could have had if he had grown up in a "normal" family. kind of sad to think about it.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:12 AM
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What a shame, 2 years though, he had a good run.

If TPTB have any sense they will train this kid up and employ him.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:22 AM
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It is actually amazing what he did, but he still was breaking the law. I find it funny how people will admire some senseless law breakers ie. Jesse James from the wild west. Now we have the barefoot bandit.

I bet those people who he stole from don't think so highly of him.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:22 AM
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It is actually amazing what he did, but he still was breaking the law. I find it funny how people will admire some senseless law breakers ie. Jesse James from the wild west. Now we have the barefoot bandit.

I bet those people who he stole from don't think so highly of him.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:32 AM
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Hi,

Great if you see him as symbolic - as a Robin Hood but unfortunately this guy was real an in it for himself.

Having had my only means of transport once stolen by a jerk like this, I happen to disagree with you. I lost days, money and time (with my family commuting to work) incidently to pay for taxes that subsidise idiots like this.

Sorry - maybe you should be on the receiving end one day?

I'm sure he'll get off - with a film script and $2m upfront payment?

Peace!



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:45 AM
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I thought I read in Rolling Stone that he wasnt going to be taken alive. What a let down



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 12:02 PM
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I wonder if anyone admiring this thief are the same people in the other thread saying thiefs should be shot.

I don't see this kid as admirable.

He did nothing for anyone but himself, he wasn't fighting a cause, or standing up for anyones rights. He was a criminal who was caught burglarizing houses and was sentenced to a halfway house. He escaped from there and continued to burglarize houses, steal cars and even planes.

And people admire this guy?

For what?

Why aren't you admiring the mexicans trying to steal a trailer that got shot by an 82 year old man? What they did was no different than this kid, yet on that thread, at least half are calling for the cold blooded murder of those people.

One thread admires thiefs who steal for their own personal gain, another calls for their murder.

I don't understand.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 12:05 PM
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All of you people call him a hero yet all he was doing was stealing from people and running from the law.Not really a hero to me, but I guess that's your opinion.I think it's stupid his parents and him will benefit from a movie now about all of his lawbreaking.Maybe they should give some of the money to the innocent people he stole from.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 12:25 PM
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Originally posted by indy0725
All of you people call him a hero yet all he was doing was stealing from people and running from the law.Not really a hero to me, but I guess that's your opinion.I think it's stupid his parents and him will benefit from a movie now about all of his lawbreaking.Maybe they should give some of the money to the innocent people he stole from.


I think a lot of people here have begun to see the law as the real villains indy0725 and might be a large part of why they have been rooting for him. I of course can't speak for them as it is just my theory as to why the popular support has sprung up.

When the law becomes oppressive the people will produce Robin Hoods eventually. He does seem to fit that bill like it or not.

I do agree with you that his stupid irresponsible mother should not receive one dime for the selling of a story or a script though. She is largely at fault here from what I've been able to learn about this case.

I also think you have an excellent idea in the money made off of this story going to the victims (i.e. stolen boats, planes, merchandise, etc.) and would be a great step towards the restitution that he will undoubtedly be ordered to repay.

Perhaps the surplus money could be used to help these kids who are filling the detention centers through no other fault than of to be born in a disfunctional family like he was.






[edit on 11-7-2010 by warequalsmurder]



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 01:06 PM
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he should go free.!

I dont know how the FAA isnt able to notice, or how the airport securities and such arent at fault here.

Such negligence. How can you not secure your planes and boats?

I understand stealing is wrong, but when Planes are now weapons of mass destruction, you would assume security should be tighter.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 01:16 PM
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(OP, please fix your hyperlink! It's stretched the page out to the right)

While it sounds "cool" that this kid was frustrating authorities, he was also screwing people's lives. How would you feel if your home was broken into and had things stolen, broken, and messed up? You wouldn't think that whom ever did it was very "cool". You'd want them locked up.

I hope they lock this kid up for a long, long time. Let him out when he's 70 years old. He's never going to change his ways, he's proven that. He's a total sociopath who has absolutely no respect for anybody, including you.

That being said, how the heck did that kid figure out how to navigate a plane to the islands!? Just blind luck? Or maybe the kid is wasting some form of genius he may have on committing petty crimes when he could be using on it on doing something creative and constructive and getting paid for it, so he wouldn't have to steal from others to live.

[edit on 11-7-2010 by harrytuttle]



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 01:22 PM
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such little faith in human kind.

he was a young kid with difficulties, and is what most of ATS is about. Freedom. 99% of us probably wish we could live such a life.

No job, just excitement. He is the pure essence of living life.

The rest of us are pansies.

edit: I keep hearing people say we need to rebell and stand up for our rights, and as far as I can tell, he did more that anyone of us posting about him online.

[edit on 11-7-2010 by Myendica]



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 02:42 PM
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You are candy coating what this kid did. There is a very distinct difference between living a life a pure freedom and one riddled with criminal activity. This kid lived the latter.

If he wanted freedom, he should have bought (not stolen) a backpack and figured out a way to travel somewhere where he could explore the world without causing harm to people's lives.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 03:22 PM
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I think its great that we have a place where people can have have sympathy for the poor rich people and complain about some kids crimes. Good thing we can focuses on such trivial matters.



[edit on 11-7-2010 by SimpleKnowledge]



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 03:27 PM
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Why was he on the run in the first place? What in the world happened to his family? He has got to have parents and siblings? I don't see what possessed him to comment all these terrible crimes.



posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 10:26 PM
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Originally posted by warequalsmurder

Originally posted by indy0725
All of you people call him a hero yet all he was doing was stealing from people and running from the law.Not really a hero to me, but I guess that's your opinion.I think it's stupid his parents and him will benefit from a movie now about all of his lawbreaking.Maybe they should give some of the money to the innocent people he stole from.


I think a lot of people here have begun to see the law as the real villains indy0725 and might be a large part of why they have been rooting for him. I of course can't speak for them as it is just my theory as to why the popular support has sprung up.

When the law becomes oppressive the people will produce Robin Hoods eventually. He does seem to fit that bill like it or not.

I do agree with you that his stupid irresponsible mother should not receive one dime for the selling of a story or a script though. She is largely at fault here from what I've been able to learn about this case.

I also think you have an excellent idea in the money made off of this story going to the victims (i.e. stolen boats, planes, merchandise, etc.) and would be a great step towards the restitution that he will undoubtedly be ordered to repay.

Perhaps the surplus money could be used to help these kids who are filling the detention centers through no other fault than of to be born in a disfunctional family like he was.






[edit on 11-7-2010 by warequalsmurder]


The only problem with this "robin hood" story is that he was not robbing the rich and giving to the poor.He was just stealing from random people, stealing their cars and planes for his own fun using them to escape from the law.I really have no sympathy for this kid if he does get a lot of prison time.



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