'Barefoot Bandit' gives police the slip - again

'Barefoot Bandit' gives police the slip - again
ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. -- The "Barefoot Bandit" has escaped again.

After an intense manhunt lasting nearly 14 hours, Colton Harris-Moore has slipped away from police who thought they had him isolated on Orcas Island.

Dozens of law enforcement officers began their search at 1:15 a.m. in a rugged area on the west side of the island where the notorious teen burglar was believed to be hiding.

San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming would not say exactly what led police to the area.

The search involved sheriff's deputies, FBI agents, specially-trained teams of "man trackers," search dogs and a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection equipped with detection equipment.

Cumming said the active search effort has ended for the day. The investigation into Harris-Moore is continuing, Cumming said, and the search teams will be ready to resume their efforts quickly if new information comes in about the teen's location.

Harris-Moore has long been a thorn in the side of police, taunting investigators with his brazen crimes.

Each time police have gotten close, Harris-Moore has managed to disappear into the woods without a trace.

He has garnered considerable media attention and was nicknamed the "Barefoot Bandit" after allegedly committing some break-ins without wearing shoes.

Since he escaped from a halfway house in April 2008, Harris-Moore has been sought in scores of break-ins around Western Washington and is suspected of stealing four small planes and crashing each one.

Police suspect he's also stolen boats and luxury cars, and broken into dozens of homes and businesses, including several on Orcas Island. His total haul may top $1.5 million, officials say.

It's believed Harris-Moore may have returned to Orcas Island on Feb. 10, when a stolen plane landed on the island after dark and a local grocery store was broken into and burglarized.

His exploits have captured the attention of many national media outlets, and a Facebook fan page for the teen burglar has attracted thousands of fans. A local business even started selling T-shirts with the teen's likeness.