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"Barefoot Bandit" Seeks No Bail, Stays in Jail; What Colton Harris-Moore Did "Was Not Fun" Says Lawyer

Colton Harris-Moore arrives barefoot, handcuffed and shackled as he is escorted by police to Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo)

Colton Harris-Moore in custody in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo)

SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS/AP) Colton Harris-Moore - aka the "Barefoot Bandit" - the 19-year-old accused in a two-year string of thefts from Washington State to the Caribbean, did not seek bail in his first court appearance Thursday in Washington, and will remain jailed.

PICTURES: Barefoot Bandit on the Run

Earlier in the day, federal prosecutors said Harris-Moore poses "an extreme risk of flight" and should remain jailed until his trial.

Harris-Moore, a flight risk?

The U.S. attorney's office said he is the primary suspect in at least 80 crimes committed since he escaped from a group home near Seattle in April 2008. They include the theft of five airplanes, three of which were wrecked in crash landings, numerous car thefts, several boats and numerous break-ins of homes and businesses.

CBS News' 48 Hours | Mystery obtained exclusive photos of the airplane Harris-Moore allegedly stole in Indiana and crashed in the Bahamas. (CBS)

The teen is being investigated for crimes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

PICTURES: Barefoot Bandit on the Run

Harris-Moore is currently being held on one federal charge of interstate transportation of a stolen property, in the theft last year of a plane from Idaho's panhandle that crashed north of Seattle. He faces a maximum 10-year sentence in prison if convicted.

At Thursday's court appearance that lasted just eight minutes, Harris-Moore did not contest his detention and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance will likely come after a grand jury indictment.

Harris-Moore wore a tan jail-issued shirt and pants, appeared somber, and spoke quietly with his attorney during the hearing. He answered "Yes" several times when the judge asked him if he understood the charge against him.

Both his attorney, John Henry Browne, and U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, downplayed his status as a folk hero and online sensation.

Browne said after the hearing that Harris-Moore "wants kids and everybody to understand that what he did was not fun."

"Nothing should be glorified," said Durkan, who largely declined to comment on the case, adding that the investigation was ongoing and that more charges against Harris-Moore as well as charges against other people might be forthcoming. "There's nothing entertaining about these charges."

Although Browne said it was possible that all the charges against his client might be pulled together into one trial, Durkan said that was unlikely given the large number of jurisdictions involved.

After a two-year run from the law, Harris-Moore was caught July 10 in the Bahamas, a week after he allegedly crash-landed an airplane stolen from an Indiana airport. Bahamian authorities launched an extensive manhunt for the teenager and arrested him as he tried to flee in a boat.

In their bid to hold him until trial, prosecutors wrote that Harris-Moore's "unlicensed, covert and wreck-inducing flights pose an obvious threat to innocent passengers in other aircraft and persons on the ground." Because Harris-Moore already has fled the country in a stolen plane, they argued "there is every reason to believe that he would attempt to do so again, endangering more people in the process."

The prosecutors also said there was strong evidence that Harris-Moore repeatedly stole and carried firearms while on the run and likely used or brandished firearms in some instances.

"The Barefoot Bandit" will be featured on an upcoming episode of 48 HOURS | MYSTERY.

Complete 'Barefoot Bandit' Coverage on Crimesider.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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