The Barefoot Bandit: Colton Harris Moore

From a dilapidated mobile home on rural Camano Island to the warm island breezes of the Bahamas, the legend of the Barefoot Bandit’s international crime spree has inspired books, movies and countless ballads.

A poor kid from a broken home, Colton Harris Moore was hell bent on living the high life, sleeping in luxury homes, driving fancy cars and flying private airplanes, even if those luxuries weren’t his for the taking.

Whether he was a modern-day Robin Hood or an envious teen with no regard for his many victims, there’s one thing that’s indisputable, Colton was a smart kid from a troubled home who wasn’t afraid to follow his dreams… no matter the cost.

It would all come to a head on a hot summer night in 2010.

After nearly two years on the run, the Barefoot Bandit was spotted at a marina on Harbor Island in the Bahamas.  Someone called out to him, but the Bandit dropped his shoes and shirt on the dock and jumped into the water.  He swam out into the darkness and managed to climb onto a boat with the keys still inside.

But, the police were hot on his tail in a yacht of their own.  They gave chase, firing at the stolen boat, disabling the engine.  The bandit was cornered, but he wasn’t ready to give up just yet. He took out a gun and pointed it at his head, threatening to pull the trigger.

In the end, he decided to give himself up instead.  Still barefoot, the Bandit was handcuffed and taken back to shore, to the police station, where he was met by throngs of followers. Some of them were cheering his capture. Others, just trying to catch a glimpse of the poverty-stricken teen who made his dreams his reality. At least for a time.

But, he’s not the only kid who’s ever grown up with big dreams or rebelled against his troubled past.

So, how did he get here?  Why Colton?  And, where is he now?

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