Ride along with the 'Barefoot Bandit' on his run from the law
SEATTLE -- During "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore's two year run from the law, he took off in stolen planes under the cover of darkness, spent some time playing with a laser, and had an affinity for country music while on lone, country roads, according to video Harris-Moore shot himself that was just obtained by KOMO News.
The Camano Island teen was sentenced in December to seven years in state prison for dozens of crimes in northwestern Washington and several other states, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his sensational two-year run from the law. A self-taught pilot, he was apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010, after he crash-landed a plane stolen from an Indiana airport.
The seven videos total about 45 minutes -- the longest is about 36 minutes and shows Harris-Moore inside a single-engine plane at Bloomington, Indiana's airport in near total darkness. You can briefly see him pass the side of a building then gradually make his way to a taxi way where he idles for several minutes.
After a while, it appears the airport opens as all the runway lights and signs come on. Harris-Moore spends the next 14 minutes between idling and taxiing to various runways and taxi ways on the airport. Finally, 22 minutes into the video, Harris-Moore revs the engine and accelerates, weaving a little down the runway before becoming airborne as the sun begins to rise over the Indiana horizon.
A second video shot from the cockpit shows Harris-Moore in the skies over the southeastern United States. The camera pans between various displays on the cockpit's instrument panel and looking out the window at the boundary between the tidelands and the Atlantic Ocean as the propeller whirrs in the background.
The instruments show Harris-Moore was flying at 17,500 feet over the South Carolina coastline just north of Hilton Head with a navigational display showing his intended destination of Treasure Cay in the Bahamas.
Later video shows raindrops on the windshield as Harris-Moore appears to be approaching a small island. Harris-Moore would later crash-land the plane off the coast of Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
Three other videos show Harris-Moore joy-riding in a car on a rural road, listening to country music, and maintaining a strict 65 mph speed. Call letters broadcast from the radio station suggest he is somewhere near Boise, Idaho.
A final video of about a minute long shows Harris-Moore playing with a laser light in a heavily-treed area.
Harris-Moore now spends his days in a medium-security unit at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. He's also working with Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black on a future movie about his run from the law to try to repay $1.3 million in restitution to his victims. A draft of the script has already been turned in.