Deputies hope new photo will help catch notorious teenage thief

Deputies hope new photo will help catch notorious teenage thief
Colton Harris-Moore is seen in a July 2008 photo recovered from a stolen digital camera memory card.
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. -- Investigators have released a more recent photo of a suspected serial teen burglar in the hope that someone may spot him and call the sheriff's office.

Deputies have been searching for 17-year-old Colton Harris-Moore since he escaped from a group home in April.

Harris-Moore is believed to be back in the Camano Island area he called home and breaking into houses again.

The picture (above) released by the Island County Sheriff's Office was recovered from a memory card and camera that were stolen from a home in the first week of July.

The picture was believed to be taken July 8, said Detective Ed Wallace.

In early 2007, deputies spent weeks searching for the then 15-year-old Harris-Moore, who was charged with multiple counts of burglary and identity theft.

Investigators said the teen broke into homes to steal valuables and to use the homeowners' computers to place fraudulent orders on line.

In one burglary, Harris-Moore allegedly slept in the bed of the vacationing homeowners, ate in their kitchen, took showers and even zipped around town in their black Mercedes. The couple said he also used their credit cards to buy things on line and have them delivered to the house.

A tip led deputies to the teen's hideout and he surrendered after his mother helped with negotiations.

Since his escape from the group home earlier this year, he has been spotted several times on Camano Island, most recently at the wheel of a stolen car that he crashed after being spotted by deputies.

He got away and is believed to still be in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

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