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Barefoot Bandit's Hometown: It's His Mother's Fault

Colton Harris-Moore is also suspected of stealing at least five planes - including the aircraft he allegedly lifted in Indiana and flew more than 1,000 miles to the Bahamas, despite a lack of formal flight training. His story will be featured in an upcoming episode of "48 Hours | Mystery" Pam Kohler/CBS

Colton Harris-Moore (CBS/Pam Kohler)

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (CBS/AP) Residents of the rural island where Colton Harris-Moore first learned to dodge police through are lashing out at the teen's mother, Pam Kohler, saying it wouldn't be right for her to profit off a two-year crime spree that has finally landed him in a Bahamian jail.

PICTURES: "Barefoot Bandit" Arrested

Authorities and victims of the 19-year-old "Barefoot Bandit" have long suggested that his mother is at least partly to blame for his alleged behavior - breaking into unoccupied vacation homes and using credit cards that weren't his, stealing cash, cars, boats and even five airplanes. His first conviction for stolen property came at age 12.

But recent word that she has hired a well-known Seattle entertainment and intellectual property lawyer who has represented the likes of Courtney Love and the father of Jimi Hendrix drew widespread derision here. Many residents assume she's trying to profit from her son's crimes through movies or books.

"Of course she wants the money. She doesn't work," said Joshua Flickner, whose family owns a grocery store on Camano Island. "What makes me more angry than the fact that she's trying to profit off this is that there's any profit to be had. There shouldn't be a profit - he's a criminal. He's damaged people - average people, middle-class people."

Harris-Moore was due in court Tuesday in Nassau on suspicion of illegal weapons possession and what officials described as a "litany" of other charges stemming from his week in the Bahamas.

Having apparently made his way across the U.S. in a series of stolen vehicles, he arrived in the Bahamas on July 4 in a plane taken from an Indiana airport. He was captured early Sunday after a high-speed boat chase during which police shot out his motor.

Prosecutors in the U.S. are also preparing cases against him. He is suspected in about 70 property crimes across eight states and British Columbia, many of them in the bucolic islands of Washington state.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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