|Published:||Jul 12, 2010 11:40 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 12, 2010 7:51 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla - Steevin Knight says the Bahamas were abuzz during his vacation last week. People knew the Barefoot Bandit was on the island, but no one knew where.
"He had just crashed the airplane, he had been seen on a surveillance camera robbing a restaurant," said Knight.
He didn't pay much attention to the stories about the 19 year-old super thief. But something he saw while he was boating caught his eye.
He saw a big expensive boat just like that one abandoned on a beach. But he had no idea he was about to become part of a much bigger story.
"All we thought at first was someone was hurt on the boat. We wanted to see if someone needed rescuing," said Knight.
He didn't find anyone inside. He took these pictures of the boat getting towed. Police knew it was the Barefoot Bandit's handiwork.
Knight's brother jumped in too, giving police his boat.
"They chased him down, they run aground, they shot the motors out on the boat and they apprehended him," said Knight.
Finally the end to Coton Harris-Moore's life on the run. And even the people who helped catch him admit what he did was impressive.
"I think he's pretty handy. For a young man to get into a jet airplane and fly it by learning it on a simulator, is pretty awesome," said Knight.
His elusiveness earned the bandit a cult following. But now he could spend 12 years in prison.
"Theres a lot of heartache, as romantic as it may appear, I believe there are still a lot of people that have been hurt by the fact that the guy's a thief," said Knight.
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