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Colton Harris-Moore pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday to several federal charges against him including stealing an airplane, flying without a license and possessing a gun. 

The arraignment at a federal court in Seattle lasted only about 5 minutes.  Judge Mary Alice Theiler set Harris-Moore's trial for January 18th at 9am.

On the very southern end of Camano Island is “Tyee Grocery”, a market where the barefoot bandit broke into two years ago.

"He took hot dogs, beef jerky, all of our vitamin water out of the cooler and potato chips," says Dan McLain.

The store also has a Colton Harris-Moore wall of fame.  From his hometown, to his capture in the Bahamas, people around the world have been captivated by his story.

John Henry Browne was at his client's side in Federal Court Thursday morning in Seattle.  Harris-Moore pled not guilty to five counts, for stealing a plane, a boat and a gun and taking them over state lines and for flying without a license.

From Canada to the Carribbean, the Barefoot Bandit could be facing scores of separate charges.  His lawyer says he would prefer to face a single trial, but if authorities aren't willing to do that, he's prepared to drag it out.

"If they're going to make it hard we're going to make it hard.  If people aren't going to cooperate to consolidate everything then fine we'll do a traveling road show for five years," says Browne.

Harris-Moore’s mother was not in court today, but Browne says she has written her son letters while he has been in custody.

"He's spending his time working in his little cell drawing designs for airplanes and literally very sophisticated designs.  He's reading books on airplanes and outdoors books,” says Browne.

A book deal of his own is something Browne has discussed with his client, in order to make money for restitution and the possibility of a lower sentence.  The victims in the Barefoot Bandit's backyard wouldn't mind getting some of their stuff back. 

"I know there's a DJ in Seattle who would love to have his plane replaced and there's a guy down the road that would like to have his bicycle paid for and I'd like my potato chips back,” joked McLain.

The 19-year-old earned the nickname "Barefoot Bandit" after he was seen running from crime scenes without shoes.  He was indicted by a grand jury in Seattle on five charges.

Harris-Moore made headlines around the world during a two year crime spree that spanned several states and countries.  He's accused of stealing boats, planes and cars.

Picture Gallery: Barefoot Bandit - On The Run

Harris-Moore has been held in the Federal Detention center in Seatac.  His lawyer, John Henry Browne, says the teen has been in solitary confinement.  He says the teen has been drawing airplanes and continues to be facinated by them. 

Browne hopes to have all charges against Harris-Moore consolidated.  The teen faces more charges from other states.

Browne told reporters Harris-Moore doesn't want to sell his story but may have to depending on the amount of restitution he may to pay.   

In an interview with 'The Everett Herald,' Colton's mother Pam Kohler says "he don't particularly care for where he's at." 

She says she has spoken to her son a few times by phone, but has not made the 82 mile trip from her home on Camano Island to visit him because she doesn't like to drive that far.

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