So are you thinking it's about time, dang it, or who the heck is the Barefoot what?
I had no clue who Colton Harris-Moore was before catching a few minutes of the news on TV this morning, but I've apparently had my head stuck in the sand. So for those of us who are clueless, here's the skinny.
Colton was born in Washington and grew up in what sounds like a horrible environment. His abusive father left their family when he was 2 and his stepfather died when he was 7. Neighbors had apparently called child protective services on several occasions. The boy started living in the wild at the age of 7, breaking into vacation homes for survival needs and then disappearing back into the woods.
He was first convicted for stealing at the age of 12 and racked up three more offenses by the time he'd turned 13. For years, he was in and out of detention facilities. In 2008, he fled a 3 year sentence and had been on the run until getting arrested in the Bahamas just yesterday.
His nickname, the Barefoot Bandit, came about after he'd reportedly left chalk footprints at the scene of a crime. He's suspected of more than 100 thefts and his take includes everything from bicycles to camcorders, cars to airplanes. Yes, airplanes. He apparently taught himself to fly by reading manuals and playing flight simulator computer games.
He once broke into a veterinary clinic and, rather than steal anything, left $100 to care for animals in need. His 60,000 fans maintain a Facebook page. People sell T-shirts with his picture. He's had a song and a book written about him, and film rights have been purchased. Colton's only 19.
Am I the only one out there who'd never heard of the Barefoot Bandit before this morning? What in the world are they going to do with him now?