“Barefoot Bandit” Says Catch Me If You Can, Gets Caught


Colton Harris-Moore, known in the mainstream media as the “Barefoot Bandit,” was arrested. Wait, who? Associate Press: “The teenage ‘Barefoot Bandit’ who allegedly stole cars, boats, and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement was nabbed Sunday as he tried to make a water escape then brought handcuffed — and shoeless — to the capital to face justice, abruptly ending his two-year life on the lam.” Whoa.

Perhaps you’re familiar with the adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., glorified in the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio? It’s a similar story of a life on the lam, full of theft, but with less beach-going. In this case, real life wins:

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.

He flew a plane, on a whim. Without shoes? Oh, and he’s 6’5″, otherwise known as a stud.

Our rebellious, law-breaking hero was eventually snitch on by ferry boat captain Freddie Grant, who spotted Harris-Moore “bathing or swimming in an inlet” in the Bahamas. Cinematic, to the say the least.

“He was watching television. He was just chilling,” said Bain, who also said he saw the teenager in the inlet.

“It was like something you might see in the movies,” said the police commissioner. You don’t say. When it comes time to choose the soundtrack, may we suggest a certain sub-genre?