Monday 7 December 2009

Wild Child

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In the forests and remote islands around Seattle, police are setting traps for a barefoot teenage outlaw who has eluded them for nearly two years.

Police say 18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, whose escapades are turning him into a folk legend, is a one-man crime wave, responsible for 50 burglaries as well as stealing light aircraft, which he taught himself to fly from video games, and several speedboats.

He lives in the woods, shuns shoes and catches his own food. His only technological aid is a pair of thermal-imaging goggles to hunt at night and his weakness is pizzas, which he asks to be delivered at the edge of the woods.

For some Harris-Moore is a modern Butch Cassidy: a surprisingly agile 6ft 5in cat burglar who thanks his victims by leaving them notes and cheeky photographs of himself, which have sold for £300 on eBay.

Thousands subscribe to his Facebook page and his image appears on T-shirts with the logo “Fly, Colton, Fly!”. Local rock groups have penned songs about him.

Hollywood producers have lodged lucrative film deals with his family and offered to pay for lawyers if he gives himself up.

Raised in a caravan on Camano Island, an isolated community in the Puget Sound, Harris-Moore started living wild at the age of seven. He would break into holiday homes, steal blankets and food and vanish into the woods for days.

In April 2008, after being sent to a juvenile detention centre, he complained that the beds were too short for his lanky frame and went on the run.

Police believe he fled to Canada and then, a few weeks ago, came back across the border to Idaho where he stole a Cessna 182 and flew to Seattle. He crash-landed in a forest clearing and walked away with cuts and bruises.

Since then he has been accused of stealing other planes for hops around the islands in the Puget Sound, including another Cessna belonging to a disc jockey who vented his frustration on radio, saying: “He still doesn’t know how to land a plane in one piece.”

He evaded a police pursuit by crashing a Mercedes-Benz into a roadside gas storage tank, using the explosion as a diversion to escape back into the woods where, he says, he feels like a Native American.

This was followed by the largest manhunt in recent memory. Three dozen sheriffs, aided by specialist armed units and an FBI helicopter, fanned out across Camano Island but failed to capture him. “We saw him, we think, but it’s like he disappeared in front of our eyes,” said one sheriff.

His luck may be about to run out. During a recent sweep a rifle shot was fired at police, raising his status to “armed and dangerous”. His mother, Pamela Kohler, now fears that even if he did not fire the shot he will be held responsible.

Kohler said she was proud her son had stolen the aircraft because he had never had a flying lesson in his life. “I was going to send him to flight school, but I guess I don’t have to,” she said. “I’d tell him the next time he took a plane: wear a parachute and practise your landing.

“If he shot that gun, it was really stupid. I don’t expect him to come out of the woods alive.”


Police launch hunt for 'Wolfman'
behind mini crimewave who lives on rabbits and berries in woods

By David Wilkes
Last updated at 3:56 PM on 29th April 2009

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He ekes out a solitary existence deep in the woods, surviving by snaring rabbits and foraging for berries.

But when nature alone cannot satisfy his needs, the shaggy bearded recluse will leave his lair and, with the stealth of a wild animal, go on the prowl for other prey in the nearby villages.

Locals call him 'The Wolfman' and blame him for a series of thefts of milk from their doorsteps.
Pantyffynnon Wolfman

Wolf's lair? A mystery man dubbed the 'Wolfman' has been living wild in woodland (pictured) near Pantyffynnon, Wales, and is the suspect behind a spate of thefts from cars and washing lines

The one man mini-crimewave is also suspected of a string of thefts of shopping from parked cars and clothes from washing lines during his furtive forays into the civilised world over the last two years.

Police have tried to catch him during searches on foot and have even sent up a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment to track him down, but he has so far always managed to avoid capture.

He knows the miles of paths through the dense woodland near Ammanford, South Wales, where he lurks, so well that even when officers are on his trail, he manages to give them the slip.

Abandoned hideouts made from board with plastic roofs have been found, suggesting he moves around to avoid arrest.

Some locals believe 'The Wolfman' - said to be in his 30s and to look 'dishevelled' - also hides in holes in the ground.

In the hamlet of Pantyffynon, which is one of his hunting grounds, disgruntled householders have threatened to send out vigilante search parties to find him.

Now there are also fears that child fans of the X-Men comic book superhero Wolverine, as played by Hugh Jackman, might think it fun to go looking for him and put themselves in danger.

Today one villager said: 'We want him caught before something serious happens.'

Police have vowed they will catch him 'sooner or later' and have appealed to locals not to start scouring the woods themselves.

Sergeant Charles Gabe warned: 'We would advise people not to take the law into their own hands or approach this man.

'We've found one or two hides where we believe he has been sleeping. We think he catches rabbits and eats berries or whatever else he can get his hands on.

'But although we've had the police helicopter overhead using heat-seeking equipment we've still been unable to locate him.

'This a massive thickly-wooded area - and one he obviously knows well.

'On one occasion a couple of our guys came close to nabbing him but he scarpered back into the woods. But we are sure he will be caught sooner of later.'

Local councillor Hugh Evans said: 'It's a very strange case and no-one seems to know who he is.

'But he must be a bit of a Rambo type and pretty tough to have survived the bitterly cold winter living out in the open.

'The area where he is living is thickly-wooded and forested - the sort of area where it is easy to disappear.'

'The Wolfman' lives in the woodland on an area of reclaimed coal slagheaps known locally as 'The Tips'.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: 'We want to question him over several alleged incidents.'

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