More charges for 'barefoot bandit'

May 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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COUPEVILLE, Wash., May 18 (UPI) -- Colton Harris-Moore, the 20-year-old suspected "barefoot bandit," was charged this week with 14 more criminal offenses in Washington state.

Island County, which embraces several islands in Puget Sound, filed the counts, including breaking into a sheriff's department car in 2009 and stealing a gun and other equipment, The (Everett) Herald reported. San Juan County filed additional charges last week, the newspaper said.

Harris-Moore escaped from a Seattle-area halfway house in April 2008 and remained on the loose until July 2010. He was arrested in the Bahamas after a cross-country journey in stolen vehicles and airplanes.

Police said they believe Harris-Moore committed more than 100 crimes in Canada, the Bahamas and the United States and in several states. He has been charged with five federal crimes and dozens of state crimes in Washington.

John Henry Browne, a member of the defense team, said Harris-Moore's lawyers were trying to work out a plea agreement that would settle all the charges against him. The Herald said officials have hinted his court appearance would be in Island County.

Harris-Moore is being held in a detention center in SeaTac. He is expected to be behind bars for at least 10 years, the newspaper said.

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