CAMANO ISLAND—The infamous 'Barefoot Bandit' is a menace to the Camano Island community says neighbors. Officers believe he's responsible for dozens of burglaries and thefts and they want to catch him.
Neighbors voiced their concerns Tuesday night at the Elger Bay Elementary School. Local 'bounty hunters' say they have ways to capture the teen fugitive, Colton Harris-Moore.
Months of frustration came flooding out at the meeting.
Neighbor Paul Easter says he's turning to 'bounty hunters' to capture the barefoot bandit once and for all. "I think it's a good idea what the heck, might as well try it they probably have more time to commit looking for him or researching than police," said Easter.
Time is exactly what bounty hunter Ray Wilson says they have to start tracking down Harris-Moore. "We're focusing on this case, so, that's what we plan on doing and I'll tell you one thing we won't quit until it's done," said Wilson.
Mike Rocha with Everett's All City Bail Bonds says he decided to search for Colton Harris-Moore after a local blogger reached out to him for help. "So, we're going to ask them for any history that they have his friends, acquaintances, anybody that can help put this puzzle together," said Rocha.
The teen is accused of dozens of burglaries at Island homes and businesses, perhaps even the thefts of airplanes and a car. The Island County Sheriff's Department also thinks he ripped off two boats last month.
Paul Easter says he doesn't buy Harris-Moore's image as some kind of hero outlaw. "I think it's kind of pathetic I think that what he's doing shouldn't be glorified," said Easter.
Rocha believes Harris-Moore is desperate and could be getting help from friends or family. "If he continues on this rampage and hurts somebody in the process anybody that's helping him is going to be complicated in a bigger crime," said Rocha.
Rocha says whatever information his crew finds on Harris-Moore will go straight to the Sheriff's Department.
Ray Wilson says he's confident the bounty hunters are just the guys to find the fugitive. "There is an old saying you can run but you can't hide and one thing we don't do is give up. So, we're going to put closure to this one way or another," said Wilson.
Right now a $6,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Colton Harris-Moore.
Plans are in the works to have another community meeting with the bounty hunters in a few weeks on Orcas Island.