July 12, 2010
By Sarah Brown
Colton Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old fugitive suspected in numerous crimes, including thefts of cars, boats, and airplanes, is in police custody in the Bahamas.
Harris-Moore, known as the “barefoot bandit” because of bare footprints he is accused of leaving at the scene of several crimes, was wanted by police for two years. During that time he is suspected of committing at least five airplane thefts and many other crimes. Bahamas police said he was apprehended early July 11 following a boat chase.
The teenager is suspected of committing a rash of crimes in the Pacific Northwest, including western Canada, before moving eastward and committing more crimes. Police began searching for him in the Bahamas after a Cessna 400 Corvalis stolen from an Indiana airport was found in shallow waters of the island nation. Harris-Moore could now face charges connected to a string of thefts in the Bahamas before the start of extradition proceedings.
Despite the seriousness of the crimes involved, Harris-Moore has attained a sort of folk-hero status and could inspire others to attempt similar thefts, AOPA cautions. Aircraft owners should continue to follow the recommendations of AOPA’s Airport Watch Program to protect their property and aircraft.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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