Maine Cops Nab Hermit Suspected in 1K Burglaries
Christopher Knight had lived in woods for 27 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
This April 2013 booking photo released by the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Maine, shows Christopher Knight, arrested Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kennebec County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine—and who may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries—has been captured, authorities say. Police say 47-year-old Christopher Knight was arrested last week while stealing food from a camp in Rome. Yesterday, authorities found the campsite where they believed Knight—known in local legend as the North Pond Hermit—has lived for 27 years.

Sgt. Terry Hughes of the Maine Warden Service, who arrested Knight last Thursday as he left the camp with $280 worth of food, tells the Morning Sentinel that Knight told him he was the second human being he has spoken to since 1986. Knight spent his time reading and meditating, and told police he stole just the supplies he needed to survive from nearby camps. Police have been trying to crack the mystery of the burglaries for years.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 23, 2014 4:54 PM CDT
Burglary can happen anytime because criminals are to be found everywhere right? So what's the big deal with this? Of course, basically it's all about your safety! What if you witness personally burglars breaking into your house and practically you would get hysterical and with that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have an ample amount of time to call help and most impossibly would be to call 911 right? So with this situation, I came to a thought of looking for some app which would help me in times of emergencies like this and fortunately I found Safetrec and Safekidzone at Google Play which happens to be available at all app stores. Just a click would save me you from harm, trust me. Simply click this links to know more. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home and www.safetrec.com
right2dave
Apr 10, 2013 3:03 PM CDT
Is there not a place in the Obama administration for this guy?
BrushMan
Apr 10, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
Lets hope that this man is treated and taken care of rather than locked up.