Barefoot Burglar Story Reminiscent of DiCaprio Movie
19-year-old thief and career conman Colton Harris-Moore has reportedly evaded authorities in the U.S. by crash-landing a stolen plane on a small island in the Bahamas. Isn’t that sort of what happens in a Leonardo DiCaprio movie from the actor’s not-quite-a-man-pretty-boy prime? Kind of…
Authorities in the Bahamas are on the hunt for Harris-Moore, who’s known as the “barefoot burglar” and has been on the run for over two years. The boy thief started out as a small-time burglar in Washington state, but he’s since graduated to stealing big luxury items, including planes and boats. Last month, he was spotted in an Indiana town where a Cessna 400 disappeared from its locked airport hangar. The plane was reported missing over the weekend, when its emergency locator transmitter placed it somewhere off the coast of the Bahamas. It reportedly crash-landed on Great Abaco, an island in the Northern Bahamas known for its sailing and resorts. A U.S. Embassy spokesperson said a manhunt has been underway since the weekend, and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward.
Wayward youth Colton was first convicted of stealing at the tender age of 12, and he’s pretty much been thieving or doing time since. In 2008, he escaped from a halfway house, where he’d been placed after a couple years in detention, through an open window. Since then, he’s been linked to a number of robberies, including multiple airplane thefts. Fox has already optioned the rights to his life story.
The story, and Colton’s photogenic mug, vaguely recall the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which features Leonardo DiCaprio as the real-life conman Frank Abagnale Jr. Before his 19th birthday, Abagnale cashed millions of dollars in fraudulent checks in 26 countries, posing as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and lawyer, with FBI agents hot on his trail. Spielberg directed that flick; Fox has optioned the Harris-Moore story for the production company of director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels).