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Colton Harris-Moore, aka "The Barefoot Bandit," Still at Large, Despite $50,000 Offer

This July 2009 self-portrait provided Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore. Harris-Moore is suspected in about 50 burglary cases since he slipped away from a halfway house in April 2008. The photo was found by deputies on a stolen digital camera. AP PHOTO

Colton Harris-Moore
Colton Harris-Moore (AP Photo)
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (CBS/AP) They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. But can you make a notorious burglary suspect take the bait of a big reward?

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Apparently not.

Washington's notorious teen burglar, Colton Harris-Moore, remains at large, despite an anonymous $50,000 offer to turn himself in.

The offer to "The Barefoot Bandit" was announced last week and expired at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Edmonds, Wash. attorney Jim Johanson put the money in his office trust account and said it's being returned to the donor.

Johanson tells The Herald newspaper of Everett that the offer was an attempt to get the 19-year-old to turn himself in before anyone gets hurt.

Harris-Moore has been on the run since April 2008, when he escaped from a group home south of Seattle, after pleading guilty to burglary as a juvenile. Since then, authorities believe he's responsible for dozens of break-ins in five Washington counties, British Columbia and Idaho. Police also believe he has taken four planes, luxury cars and power boats.

He earned the moniker "The Barefoot Bandit" by reportedly committing some of the crimes in his bare feet. Last fall, bare footprints were found at an airport hangar in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where a plane was stolen then crash-landed 260 miles to the west, near Granite Falls, Washington. And in February, someone who broke into a grocery store in the San Juan Islands drew cartoonish, chalk-outline feet all over the floor.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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