Colton Harris-Moore, Tale of a Teenage Outlaw
In July 2006, when Colton Harris-Moore was 15 years old, prosecutors accused him of using a stolen credit card number to purchase $3,700 worth of electronics. When he failed to show up in court for the charges, police issued an arrest warrant and began a search for the missing teen, who was all too willing to run away from criminal prosecution.
Police had been frustrated before by Harris-Moore's ability to disappear into the wilderness. After Harris-Moore burglarized the Stanwood library in 2005, investigators found a campsite the young man was using as a hideout. Although they found a lot of empty pizza boxes, police didn't find their suspect. To catch him, they waited until the next time the boy ordered a pizza, and a police officer posed as the delivery man.
Colton Harris-Moore was eventually discovered on Feb. 9, 2007, after a nighttime tip led Island County police to a home that should have been vacant. When they discovered the lights were on, police surrounded the house and got Harris-Moore's mother to talk her son into surrendering.
"He thinks it's easy," his mother, Pam Kohler, told writer Bob Friel, who lives on a neighboring island. "He's sure making them look like fools."