At proceedings streamed live from Island County Superior Court Friday, December 16, Colton Harris-Moore, AKA the Barefoot Bandit, will be arraigned for crimes committed in Island, Snohomish and San Juan Counties. Judge Vickie Churchill will preside over the Coupeville proceedings which will begin at 9:30 a.m. (An alternative link is www.avcaptureall.com).
The 17 counts to be filed by San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord include three residential burglaries, eight second-degree burglaries and six first-degree thefts. They involve 18 victims.
Gaylord said, Harris-Moore "terrorized" the citizens of Orcas Island during the several months he eluded law enforcement, stole six boats, three airplanes, stayed in vacant homes, ordered items which were delivered to the homes, and committed numerous burglaries. While the majority of his crimes in San Juan County were committed on Orcas Island, some were carried out on Lopez and San Juan Islands.
Gaylord said while Harris-Moore hasn't come forth with information about his crimes, he has confirmed as his, cases presented to him. Asked if there were any he denied, Gaylord said, there were two boat cases which citizens brought forth relatively late. One, Harris-Moore admitted to, the other he said he did not do.
In order to be prepared for any outcome, Gaylord is traveling to the arraignment with all the paperwork necessary for sentencing.
The standard range for first-degree theft carries a high end of 57 months in prison, second-degree burglary 68 months, and residential burglary 84 months.
The Island County prosecutor's 14 counts include one from Snohomish County.
"The charge from Snohomish - burglary in the first degree - he took a handgun from a residence - is the most serioius in terms of sentencing," said Gaylord in an interview Thursday afternoon. "It carries the highest standard range 87-116 months."
Harris-Moore was dubbed the 'barefoot bandit by the Orcas deputies because he he left footprints in the Orcas hardware store and on its roof after breaking in. He was identified as a suspect in September 2009 and arrested in the Bahamas in July 2010. He was still in the county in late May 2010.
The Dec. 16 edition of the Seattle Times has an in-depth article on Harris-Moore including copies of psychiatric reports.