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SEATTLE, Wash. - The mother of notorious teen fugitive Colton Harris-Moore hopes her son will turn himself in to authorities before the situation grows even more serious.

"I think they could kill him," said the teen's mom, Pamela Kohler, from her Camano Island, Washington home. "The police have always been out to get Colt."

Pamela Kohler says her boy had a happy childhood, hiking and fishing the beaches of Camano Island and playing with his beloved dog Melanie.

Despite what his mom says is a genius IQ, he got into trouble young and was singled out early on by police as a trouble maker.

His mother says he got in trouble for things, whether he did them or not.

"Any time anything happens they automatically think it's Colt," she said.

Harris-Moore is a suspect in dozens of home burglaries, car thefts and even the theft of at least one small airplane that crash landed near Granite Falls, Washington last week.

Authorities from across Snohomish County and the Department of Homeland Security carried out an intense manhunt around Granite Falls after a single gunshot was fired when police closed in on a burglary suspect there over the weekend.

Police have not officially linked the teen to the manhunt.

Kohler said her son "thinks he's James Bond" right now.

"I don't think he truly knows all that's going on to try to catch him," she said.

Kohler said her son is more prankster than gangster, and doubts he would ever shoot at a police officer.

From the porch of her mobile home where Moore grew up, she said her son has always dreamed of being a pilot, and still has aviation posters on his bedroom wall.

With a tiny grin, Kohler said if her son was indeed able to steal a plane by teaching himself to fly that she would be "proud" of him because it would be so hard to do.

She also knows what he has done is wrong and says her son should not be considered as some sort of folk hero.

At the same time, though, Kohler said she is "rooting" for her son.

"I'm his mother," she said. "I have to."
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