"48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant was there as the Barefoot Bandit’s two-year journey came to an end. You can watch his report on "48 Hours" this Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 p.m. PST on KVAL 13 TV. | TV Schedule
Colton’s troubled childhood began at a young age, according to 48 Hours.
He grew up in a trailer in Camano Island, Wash., with his mother Pam, who named him after the malt liquor Colt 45. He was often deprived of food and was sometimes abused by his father.
In 2006, 14-year old Colton’s illegal spree began when he began breaking into cars and vacant homes, stealing food, electronics and sometimes cash.
After finally being captured and put into a juvenile facility, Colton managed to escape and continued his reckless lifestyle.
This time, instead of just grabbing valuables, Colton used vacant homes as if they were his own -- showering, eating, and even catching some shuteye before embarking on his next illegal adventure. Colton also taught himself how to fly, and stole small airplanes and crash-landing them in remote areas of Washington.
He seemed to be enjoying himself, using stolen cameras to snap pictures of himself and communicating with authorities through letters he wrote to his mother such as “cops want to play huh? Well it’s not no ‘lil game. It’s war and tell them that!”
Colton eventually left Washington State and the FBI became involved when he was on the run in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. It turned into an international manhunt when Colton crossed Canadian borders, and even managed to fly a stolen plane all the way to the Bahamas.
After stealing four planes, luxury cars, power boats, thousands of dollars, while being barefoot the entire time, his signature lifestyle finally caught up to him.
How did authorities finally manage to catch him? Take a look at stories about the hunt for the Barefoot Bandit and tune in Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 p.m. fore more.