Feds Say Stolen Plane Skirted Olympic Air Space

By: Gene Johnson AP Email
By: Gene Johnson AP Email

SEATTLE (AP) - Federal authorities say an airplane that may have been stolen by an elusive teen in Washington dubbed the "barefoot burglar" skirted but didn't violate a restricted flight zone set up for the Vancouver Olympics.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cirrus SR22 got its attention because it was using the wrong transponder code.

The plane was stolen late Wednesday and found Thursday at Orcas Island airport, where it's being examined by state crime lab officials.

Investigators also learned that someone broke into a grocery store in the area and drew cartoonish chalk-outline feet all over the floor.

San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming says the stolen plane and break-in match the tactics of 18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, a suspect in numerous burglaries in the state.


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