Elusive boy bandit Colton Harris-Moore was last spotted by security tape on Lopez Island on May 15, milling around on a marina right before a boat was stolen. But now a string of crimes in a sleepy coastal Oregon town has some authorities thinking that the Barefoot Burglar is slowly making his way south.
Columbia River-banked Warrenton experienced three thefts or attempted thefts on June 1. Someone stole a boat, tried to steal a plane, then stole a car, all within the span of a couple hours. Reports the Everett Herald:
First, a 34-foot power boat was taken from the marina at Ilwaco, near the mouth of the Columbia River. An alert harbor master in Warrenton called police after he found the boat tied up to a commercial pier. The pleasure boat was out of place among the hulking fishing vessels, Workman said.
An officer was able to lift a partial fingerprint from the boat and that evidence has been sent to crime labs in Oregon and Washington for analysis.
Police in Warrenton also are looking into what appears to be connected incidents at the Astoria Regional Airport, about 3 miles away from the marina. Someone tried unsuccessfully to pry open the doors of a Cessna similar to the four other planes he's suspected of stealing.
The airport's Hertz rental office was broken into and a 2010 Dodge Journey stolen from there was later found parked near a farm in Dayton, a rural community about an hour south of Portland.
Fox has already purchased the rights to a planned book on Harris-Moore. Maybe he's just making his way to Hollywood to collect in person?