The infamous "Barefoot Bandit" is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday in the Bahamas.
The 19-year-old American, whose real name is Colton Harris-Moore, is facing charges for a two-year crime spree that turned him into a kind of folk hero in eyes of his more 80,000 Facebook fans.
"I can understand on one level people being interested in his activities, but I think most thoughtful people, when they stop and think about it, realize he's a common criminal," Bill Cummings, a sheriff who has been tracking Harris-Moore for years, told CNN. "Those who see him as a folk hero aren't looking any deeper than the surface."
Known for going barefoot, the Washington state native taunted authorities for years - even leaving behind chalk footprints at crime scenes.
Police caught Harris-Moore on a surveillance video breaking into bars. He is also suspected of stealing cars, boats, and at least five planes.
The 6-foot, 5-inch high school dropout was finally apprehended off Eleuthera Island before dawn Sunday while attempting to evade authorities in a stolen boat in the Bahamas.
"He's very eloquent, obviously a very intelligent young man," Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said. "He gave us no trouble at all at the moment he was arrested."