I have to say, I find it mildly amusing that the authorities are so incompetent. But I still think he needs to go to jail. He's caused a lot of property damage and put lives at risk. What's more, he did break the law, and not even for a good reason. If it had been some kind of Robin Hood thing, I might have been more sympathetic.
Considering he is 18 years old, 6' 5", and managing to utterly evade the authorities.....not even "barely escaping", just not being seen, period...I predict the following: He will get bored of this, send a note over to the police or whatever asking for a plea deal of community service/restitution when he can pay, and turn himself in. I really don't think he'll ever get caught, so it's just a matter of when he gets bored. That's a pretty empty area, and he seems to have some major survival/living off the land skills.
Apparently has an unusually high IQ, taught himself to fly by reading manuals, and has been suspected of stealing planes/boats/cars/etc. He hacked his Blackberry so that it's untraceable for when he calls home to his mom; authorities haven't been able to catch him.