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Hermit accused of hundreds of burglaries after 27 years in Maine woods

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AUGUSTA, Maine (CNN) — Police have arrested a man known as the North Pond Hermit, who is accused of burglarizing areas in the woods of central Maine for 27 years, state police told CNN.

Christopher Knight, 47, was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of theft, but police suspect he’s responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries since living in a campsite in the woods in Rome, Maine.

Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland told CNN that the arresting warden was the second person Knight had been in contact with in 27 years. Knight was arrested last Thursday after he tripped surveillance equipment at a camp and a Maine Warden Service sergeant who lived nearby caught him committing a burglary, McCausland said.

Knight is being held on $5,000 cash bond at the Kennebec County Jail. As is custom in Augusta, he had a video arraignment Friday for his first court appearance. His next court date is yet to be determined.