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Maine Hermit Suspected In 1,000 Burglaries Caught

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Authorities say a man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries has been captured. (Photo credit JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities say a man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries has been captured. (Photo credit JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

ROME, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries has been captured.

Police say 47-year-old Christopher Knight was arrested last week while stealing food from a camp in Rome.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believed Knight — known 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 is being held on $5,000 bail at the Kennebec County jail on charges of burglary and theft.

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