Barefoot Bandit In Court

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 8:11am

Caught and in custody after two years on the run, 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, better known as the "Barefoot Bandit", appeared in federal court in Miami wednesday to face charges that include stealing cars, boats and even airplanes that he taught himself to fly.

The teenager was brought to Miami after pleading guilty in a Bahamas court on a charge related to the crash of one those stolen plane.

Harris-Moore was arrested in the island country Sunday following a high speed boat chase.

Authorities say the teenage fugitive committed at least 100 crimes in eight states after walking away from a halfway house in 2008.

His trademark bare feet could lead to his downfall.

Footprints at crime scenes are like fingerprints.

"His calling card or his signature are these footprints and going barefoot will ultimately lead to his demise and ultimately his conviction," notes forensic science consultant Dean Wideman.

Police say Harris-Moore had a troubled childhood.

After his arrest Harris-Moore's attorney said the teenager is remorseful and just wants to go home.

Federal prosecutors are working with other states to determine how to go forward in the case.

Moore's next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.


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