Teen sought in string of residential burglaries

Teen sought in string of residential burglaries »Play Video
Sheriff's officials in Island County are looking for a teenager who they say is breaking into homes on south Camano Island to steal valuables and use homeowners' computers to place fraudulent orders online.

Detective Ed Wallace said15-year-old Colton Harris-Moore is wanted on felony arrest warrants for theft and possession of stolen property. He said the teen lives in campsites in the woods and has broken into vacant houses and summer homes to seek shelter.

When John Bisset and his wife returned from a three week vacation, they found that someone had been living in their Camano Island house.

"You're nervous, you're scared, you don't know what to do," he said.

Bisset said the teen slept in their bed, ate in their kitchen, took showers and even zipped around town in their black Mercedes. The couple said he also used their credit cards buy things on-line and have them delivered to the house.

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said that's the boy's game. He said Harris-Moore is copying credit card information when he breaks into homes and using the information to purchase items online, which he has shipped to vacant homes.

"He's been somewhat resourceful in a sense that he uses people's computers and credit card information," said Brown.

A week after John and his wife returned home, they caught Harris-Moore trying to break in again.

"He must have known we were sleeping in the house," said Bisset, "you talk about weird, strange, awful and scary."

Investigators said the teen has been a fugitive for almost a year. Because he's from the area, he knows the back woods well. Harris-Moore is accused of a rash burglaries, vandalism, and identity theft.

While the teen has not threatened or harmed anyone during the alleged burglaries, investigators believe the teen may have a gun. Anyone who sees Harris-Moore is asked to call police.

"There is a growing concern for the safety of the citizens of Island County, their property, and for the juvenile responsible for these crimes," said Brown in a written statement. "We are exhausting all of our resources to catch this individual."

Brown said detectives believe someone else may be helping Harris-Moore, and that any accomplices could also face criminal charges.

The sheriff department has schedule a public meeting to answer questions from concerned residents. It will be held 6 p.m. On February 12 at the South Camano Grange.