Barefoot Bandit items will benefit HAVA

By GEORGE KUNKE


The money that he left at Vetter's Animal Hospital in Raymond almost four years ago along with the note he left is being auctioned on eBay and the money raised will be donated to HAVA. The starting bid was $500. Dr. Gina Lewis, DVM, owner of Vetters, contacted HAVA and asked them to frame the five $20 dollar bills, photocopies of the note, the evidence bag from the police department, the State Patrol Crime Lab Report that confirmed Harris-Moore's fingerprints found on the note, the police department's incident report, and the property in custody report. The original note is owned by the people whose car was stolen by Harris-Moore on his way to Ilwaco. He tore out a page of the owner's manual and wrote it on that. Earlier this year, Dr. Lewis was given the cash and copies of the police reports.

Intially, when he dropped it off, it was my plan to give it to HAVA, but then they (RPD) took it into evidence,” Dr. Lewis said.

Interested buyers can now bid on the items on eBay. The bidding ends Sunday.

As of Monday morning, the top was at $1,076, which is already more than the $1,000 goal set by HAVA.

It went up up quickly over the weekend,” Dr. Lewis said. “And usually the bidding goes up during the last couple of days.”

Dr. Lewis said that HAVA has a lot of expenses and that the money raised would help with that. "We've had a lot of feral cat projects that get very expensive," said Lewis, who is on HAVA's board. “The more bidders we get the better. It takes a lot of money to take care of the abandoned animals in this area.”

Dr. Lewis said that she contacted HAVA President Dee Roberts about putting the auction on Ebay. Local photographer Kevin Miller did the framing for it, and Kelly Habersetzer set up the auction.

Harris-Moore, who gained celebrity status for his exploits, stopped off at Vetter's on May 31, 2010, when he was still a fugitive, an left the following note:

Drove by, had some extra cash. Please use this money for the care of animals.”

  • Colton Harris-Moore, (AKA: “the Barefoot Bandit”)

    Camano Island, WA

    At the time, Harris-Moore, who was a 19-year-old, was wanted for a series of break-ins, and airplane, boat and car thefts that stretched across the country and ended up in the Bahamas. He will turn 23 later this month and is serving time for his crimes at Stafford Creek.

    Dr. Lewis said that “this is the only thing he did like that.” She said that he had a fondness for animals.
    HAVA's eBay account is: http://givingworks. ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/harbor-association-of-volunteers-for-animals/60829/

HAVA is a non-profit, all volunteer animal welfare group and the purchase is tax deductible.

The HAVA animal shelter is located at 431 Second St. in Raymond it is open Wednesdays from 3-6 pm and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information or to adopt an animal, call 942-4716.