Born to Run: Inside the Mind of the Barefoot Burglar
Brazen and more confident
While some of Harris-Moore's actions may have caused seemed impulsive at the time, there was often a very rational motive behind what he did. Ms. Dettmer recounted that Harris-Moore had once stolen her mother's mailbox and that she was at a loss to explain why he had done that. However, Beech revealed to truTV that Colton had stolen the mailbox and placed it in a row of others at the end of a lane. He had then used the mailbox to set up a dummy address to which he had sent camping gear and other things he allegedly had ordered with a stolen credit card.
Before the mailbox theft, Colton had once hidden out in a neighbor's tree-house where he left behind a camping stove and wrappers from food stolen from the neighbor's garage. He had items delivered to the house with a stolen credit card and then phoned the neighbor, pretending he was another neighbor asking whether a package had mistakenly been delivered to her house. "He had ordered some stuff that he needed and this huge, huge flashlight showed up at my mom's place,"Dettmer said. "Harris-Moore was watching this the whole time."
But despite Harris-Moore's alleged criminal activities, Dettmer told truTV that her mother's physical safety never concerned Dettmer.
"He would never, never hurt my mom," Dettmer told truTV. "He is in survival mode. I feel bad for him."
Beech recalled, "It was like 'what is this kid doing? What is the game he is playing?"