Relief on Camano Island over Colton Harris-Moore's arrest
Shops brimmed with talk of the arrest, and the news even prompted some computer-generated humor.
Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
Don McLain, manager of Tyee Grocery on south Camano Island, shows off his “Colton's Corner” wall in the store Sunday afternoon. The newest artwork was added this morning after Harris-Moore's capture. It reads, “Greetings from Camano Island. Welcome back, Colt!”
Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
Two pieces of computer-generated art inside the Tyee Grocery store on south Camano Island depict Colton Harris-Moore in the Bahamas (left) and now captured (right).
Joshua Flickner, manager of the Elger Bay Grocery, speaks to reporters Sunday afternoon. “He’s nothing more than a thief who’s hurt people psychologically, emotionally,” Flickner said of Harris-Moore.
“I guarantee that our community and that sane people around the country who aren't worshiping him are all feeling really good right now,” said Josh Flickner, the owner of the Elger Bay Grocery and president of the island's chamber of commerce.
Flickner told a small crowd of reporters at a hastily called news conference Sunday afternoon that he learned of the arrest early Sunday.
He said he wasn't angry with police for taking so long to apprehend the fugitive. Instead, Flickner saved his anger for the system that allowed Harris-Moore to escape in 2008 and for the legions of fans who admire the felon's wanton crimes.
“It's disgusting. I think our society worshiping him is just sad,” Flickner said. “He's nothing more than a thief who's hurt people psychologically, emotionally.”
The arrest was the talk of the town as people shopped Sunday morning at Flickner's store, which was among the myriad businesses in Washington targeted by the young thief.
“We're all very relieved,” said Diana Anderson, an employee at the store.
People on Camano Island, many of whom knew Harris-Moore before he became notorious internationally for his criminal acts, also said they were pleased that the fugitive was caught without bloodshed.
“We're happy that he didn't get hurt,” Anderson told The Herald.
Down the road at the Tyee Grocery, several lighthearted posters of Harris-Moore's exploits decorated a wall. The most recent addition, added Sunday, read, “Greetings from Camano Island. Welcome back, Colt!” The computer-altered image showed Harris-Moore wearing an orange jumpsuit in a prison cell.
Store manager Don McLain said he hopes the justice system gives Camano Island's most notorious son a fair shake.
“I didn't want to see him do time for anything he didn't do,” McLain said. “But I think that there are a few things that he did do that will occupy his time.”
Reporter Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, email@example.com.
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