To Catch a Teenage Thief

If you’ve got some time to sit down and read through a great piece of crime reporting, check out Vernal Coleman’s feature in the Seattle Weekly on Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called Barefoot Burglar:

Just after midnight on July 18, 2008, Shirley Morgan, owner of Camano Island‘s Elger Bay Cafe, received a phone call from the police informing her that her restaurant had been struck by a car.

Hours earlier, Deputy William Vaughn of the Island County Sheriff’s Department had spotted a black Mercedes-Benz, which was being driven erratically. Riding shotgun in Vaughn’s cruiser was Lucas Adkins, a civilian and sheriff’s department intern. As the Mercedes sped northward up the lonely two-lane road that winds around Camano’s heavily forested southern half, Vaughn gave chase.

When the Benz neared the intersection at Mountain View Road, its driver hung a sharp left into the cafe’s parking lot and exited the vehicle. Still in gear, the car rolled across the asphalt and into the building’s back end. According to police reports, Vaughn observed the vehicle’s occupant flee on foot, drop down a hill, and break for the forest. But it was the intern who first identified the suspect, whose tall, lanky frame and boyish face were recognizable even in the darkness.

Adkins told the detectives who arrived at the scene that the suspect looked like Colton Harris-Moore, Camano Island’s most infamous son and the state of Washington’s youngest serial fugitive—the so-called “Barefoot Burglar.”

More over at the Weekly.