Authorities Scale Back Search for Colton Harris-Moore

Harris-Moore, from nearby Camano Island, has earned folk hero-like status on the Internet, being compared to a modern day Huckleberry Finn or Jesse James. People are selling T-shirts with his image, and a fan Web site, Facebook page and YouTube Video have been created lauding his uncanny ability to slip away from police and vanish on the islands off Washington's Pacific coast.

In at least once case, police said, Harris-Moore ordered pizzas and asked for them to be delivered to the edge of the woods. Another time, they added, he allegedly left behind a camera with a cheeky photograph of himself in a Mercedes-Benz he's suspected of stealing, which only added to his legend.

People in Orcas are on edge after police said Harris-Moore ripped through the town last summer. He's suspected in committing seven burglaries during August and September.

Harris-Moore's latest alleged arrival in Orcas has citizens of the sleepy Island weary.

A victim of one of his crimes in February said the incident couldn't have come at a worse time.

"It's been a huge hit to the store," said Kyle Ater, owner of Homegrown Market, in an interview with ABC News. "It's really hard to make it in the winter on Orcas. For some reason, he's attacking us in the winter now. Usually he comes in the summer."

Ater said the robbery put his small business in dire straits. He reported at least $5,000 in damage and stolen goods plus another $1,200 in cash taken from cash registers. Also missing Ater said, is an organic cheesecake, some organic produce, and a tray of unbaked croissants.

"He's got good tastes," Ater said. "Guess he likes health food."

Ater said the burglar tried to ruin his newly installed security system by dumping a computer into a sink full of water in an attempt to destroy any video evidence of the crime.

But Ater thinks he may have salvaged the computer, possibly preserving a video of the break-in. He turned the system over to police, who told him it ended up in the hands of the FBI.

Harris-Moore's growing legend is misplaced, Cumming said.

"People who think of him as some kind of folk hero really aren't looking below the surface," Cumming said. "He's hurting struggling business, and he's flying airplanes over populated areas and he doesn't have a pilot's license. You don't need much imagination to see what kind of catastrophic consequences that could lead to."

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