PORTLAND, Oregon -- Sixteen year old Danny Thompson remembers Colton Harris-Moore as a kid who dreamed of becoming famous, talked about it and even acted it out now and again. Before Danny and his mother moved to Portland, he briefly attended Stanwood High School with Colton. "He was always getting into fights. He wouldn't start them but he'd try to finish them. He was sorta an outcast and I tried to be his friend", Danny said, "but he always seemed to be thinking about something else. Most of the teachers didn't like him but a couple did, I think"
A home break-in and the theft of a boat on San Juan Island earlier this week may have been the works of Colton Harris-Moore.
The home was burglarized sometime late Thursday or early Friday. The boat was taken from the homeowner's private dock and later found beached on Lopez Island.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office issued a news release which read:
"Deputies investigated the report of a 24-foot boat found beached on Lopez Island May 14. The boat was apparently taken from a home located on the southern tip of San Juan Island, close to Cattle Point. The home was also burglarized. The Washington State Patrol will assist in processing the scene and results of this examination are expected to take at least a couple of weeks. Whether this is an isolated incident or the work of Colton Harris-Moore has not been determined. There will be no other information released concerning this investigation."
SanJuanJournal.com reports that San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming declined to answer questions regarding the investigation.
Harris-Moore, 18, of Camano Island, has been a fugitive since he walked out of a Renton juvenile security facility in April 2008. He's been the focus of a manhunt after a string of burglaries and thefts on Camano Island and the San Juan Islands. He's also suspected of plane thefts in the San Juan Islands as well as Idaho.
"I always thought he was a bit strange", said Danny Thompson. "But he always treated me square. He's really smart and you never know what he's going to do next."