ORCAS ISLAND—The Northwest's most infamous teenage bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, is being blamed again for stealing another plane, and burglarizing another store.
Police say a stolen airplane landed on Orcas Island either Wednesday or early Thursday morning, and they aren't sure who stole it. In the same area, and around the same time, a small grocery store was burglarized by someone who drew large chalk-outlined feet all over the floor.
And that's not all.
Two of the footprints were leading out the door, next to a chalk-scrawled message: "C-YA!"
Sherri Pierson, a bookkeeper at Homegrown Market on Orcas Island, told The Associated Press that if the perpetrator wasn't Harris-Moore, who is suspected in a spate of burglaries in the same neighborhood last fall, it was clearly someone impersonating him.
Colton Harris-Moore is also known as the "barefoot burglar" suspected in scores of burglaries, many of them near his home on Camano Island and in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. Surveillance video of some burglaries showed the culprit barefoot - hence the moniker.
Investigators believe he more recently turned to joyriding in airplanes, which brings us to the plane from Skagit County that San Juan County Sheriff's officials are now investigating after it mysteriously turned up.
Last fall, after a stolen small plane crash-landed at the airport, Harris-Moore was caught on surveillance video breaking into a grocery store. A hardware store, bar, coffee-shop and bank were also hit at that time.
A few weeks later, a Cessna was stolen from a rural airport in Idaho and crash-landed near Granite Falls, Wash., when it ran out of fuel.
Colton Harris-Moore is not officially being named a suspect in either of these two new crimes, but that's not stopping people from talking, especially about the burglary.
"We use chalk on our deli board, and he apparently saw the chalk on the fish counter," Pierson said. "He took everything out of our dessert case. We had a whole tray of raw croissants with fillings."
Some cash was also taken in the burglary, and a security system monitor was left in a sink with water running over it.
Authorities across western Washington state have been hoping to catch alleged bandit Colton Harris-Moore since the lanky 18-year-old escaped from a halfway house in April 2008.
Harris-Moore's legend has only grown since last fall, with a Facebook page now boasting 16,800 fans and a Time magazine piece dubbing him "America's Most Wanted Teen Bandit."