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Originally published June 21, 2010 at 8:18 AM | Page modified July 8, 2010 at 12:11 PM

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Possible 'Barefoot Bandit' sightings: S.D., Nebraska

After a string of South Dakota crimes that police there believe could be linked to Camano Island's Colton Harris-Moore, police in Nebraska found evidence suggesting the "Barefoot Bandit" has made it there.

Seattle Times staff reporter

After a string of South Dakota crimes that police there believe might be linked to Camano Island's Colton Harris-Moore, police in Nebraska found evidence suggesting the "Barefoot Bandit" has made it there.

Less than a day after a man matching Harris-Moore's description was found inside a Yankton, S.D., home, a 2008 white Toyota Sequoia was reported stolen from the same area. Police found that vehicle Sunday morning in Norfolk, Neb., about 60 miles south, according to Norfolk police Capt. Steven Hecker.

Burglaries were reported later that day at Karl Stefan Memorial Airport, about one mile south of where the SUV was abandoned. Airport officials have not yet reported any stolen items but said several office doors and a door to an airport hangar had been pried open, Hecker said.

Both the Norfolk and Yankton police departments will continue investigations.

"This all just started snowballing," said Jerry Hisek, Yankton's assistant police chief. "I cannot confirm or deny that it is Colton Harris-Moore."

A Yankton resident returning Thursday from a vacation found a man matching the description of Harris-Moore inside the house. The suspect fled, and police using bloodhounds and two helicopters were unable to find him. Hisek said there was evidence that the suspect had given himself a haircut inside the house.

In addition to the burglary and car theft, Harris-Moore is suspected in Yankton of an airport burglary and attempting to break in to several other houses.

Hisek said there haven't been any similar home burglaries in the Yanktson area in several days.

Harris-Moore has been on the run since April 2008, when he escaped from a group home south of Seattle. He has been suspected of burglaries in five Washington counties, British Columbia and Idaho.

After donating $100 to a Raymond, Pacific County, animal shelter over Memorial Day weekend, evidence suggests Harris-Moore moved south into Oregon by stolen boat, and then into Idaho by stolen car.

Carly Flandro: 206-464-2108 or cflandro@seattletimes.com

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