eBay auction of 'Barefoot Bandit' items raises $1,725 for animal shelter

eBay auction of 'Barefoot Bandit' items raises $1,725 for animal shelter

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eBay auction of 'Barefoot Bandit' items raises $1,725 for animal shelter

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 12:26 PM

RAYMOND, Wash. -- The eBay auction of items from Colton Harris-Moore, one of the state's most notorious fugitives, has raised about $1,725 for a Pacific County animal shelter.

While Harris-Moore, also known as the "Barefoot Bandit,” was running from the law in May of 2010, he stopped at Vetter's Animal Hospital in Raymond.

He left $100 and a note reading, "Drove by, had some extra cash. Please use this money for the care of animals."  It was signed by Harris-Moore, who added, "AKA Barefoot Bandit, Camano Island, Washington."

At the time, the 19-year-old was wanted for a series of break-ins and car, boat and airplane thefts. A month later he was arrested and later sentenced to seven years in prison.

Earlier this year Dr. Gina Lewis, the veterinarian at Vetter's Animal Hospital, was given the cash and copies of the police reports.

Lewis had framed the cash and the police paperwork documenting Harris-Moore's fingerprints were found on the cash. She put the items for sale on eBay to raise money for Raymond's animal shelter, the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA).

"We've had a lot of feral cat projects that get very expensive," said Lewis, who is on HAVA's board.

Lewis had hoped to raise $1,000. They met their goal with $1,725 raised on the auction.

Lewis said she heard from critics saying she should not help a criminal get his wish. But that didn't stop her.

"Just because he has a tender heart for animals does not mean other people shouldn't support that," said Lewis. "We're just going to feed animals. Get them healthy and find them new homes."

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