Colton Harris Moore Indicted on Federal Charges, including Flying Without a Valid FAA Airman's Certificate
On November 10, 2010, Colton Harris-Moore, of Camano Island, Washington, was indicted in U.S. District Court, Seattle, Washington. Harris-Moore was charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman's certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel.
In 2008, Harris-Moore allegedly began a crime spree that involved the theft of aircraft, boats, vehicles, and firearms. On more than one occasion, Harris-Moore piloted a stolen aircraft, without a valid airman's certificate. It is estimated that based on Harris-Moore's conduct, 80 investigations have been initiated into residential and commercial burglaries, vehicle prowls, vehicle thefts, assault on law enforcement officials, and the theft of five aircraft. In June 2010, Harris-Moore is alleged to have shifted his crime spree in an easterly direction where on July 4, 2010, Harris-Moore allegedly stole an aircraft in Indiana, which he flew to Grand Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Harris-Moore survived the crash landing, his reportedly usual method of landing, in the Bahamas. After being apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Police, Harris-Moore was transported to Washington State where he was charged for his crimes.
This investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI, ATF, and other state and local law enforcement agencies.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.