Opinion

Commentary: 'Barefoot Bandit' shouldn't have celebrity status

It was almost inevitable that Colton Harris-Moore would become something of a cult hero. He's the so-called "Barefoot Bandit" who was busted in the Bahamas Sunday after a cross-country crime spree.

After all, our celebrity-crazy culture has made "stars" out of people who do nothing more than show up at parties, make sex tapes or act like jerks in cheesy TV reality shows. At least Harris-Moore DID something, even if it was illegal.

Here was a teen criminal who was uncannily elusive, who broke into scores of homes, taunted police, stole and flew airplanes even though he'd never had a flying lesson, and hopscotched his way east from the Pacific Northwest to the Caribbean.

Along the way, he's suspected of scores of break-ins and thefts and he's made more than 77,000 friends on a Facebook page set up in his honor. (It's likely he was well aware of it, as he had a laptop computer with him when he was captured.)

But Harris-Moore made a critical error: going to the Bahamas. How a 6-foot-5 white kid thought he wouldn't be detected in the predominantly black island nation — where everybody seems to know everybody else — is a puzzlement. Kudos to Bahamian authorities for arresting the armed Harris-Moore after a high-speed boat chase.

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