"Barefoot Bandit" behind bars

Colton Harris-Moore; Source: CNN
Colton Harris-Moore; Source: CNN

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - The Royal Bahamas Police Force say it's put the "Barefoot Bandit" behind bars.

Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn in northern Eleuthera. Island police picked up his trail after recovering a 44-foot power boat stolen from a marina on Abaco, 40 miles to the north.

A contingent of high-ranking officers escorted the 19-year-old suspect to the capital, Nassau. True to his nickname, he stepped off the plane barefoot and handcuffed, ignoring shouted questions from reporters.

Harris-Moore is facing possible extradition to the U.S. He's been on the run since escaping from a Washington state halfway house two years ago. He's allegedly stolen cars, boats and, despite no formal flight training, at least five airplanes in efforts to elude authorities.

Harris-Moore's mother says he had a troubled childhood. His first conviction, for possession of stolen property, came at age 12.

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