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Man commits over 1,000 thefts while hiding in woods

9:48 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Authorities say high bail is appropriate for a Maine man who lived in the woods for nearly three decades before his arrest for burglary and theft to protect him from being exploited until he's appointed an attorney.

Christopher Knight's bail was raised from $5,000 to $250,000 on Sunday after two additional charges were filed against him.

Police say the man known as the North Pond Hermit has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger's offer to bail him out since his arrest earlier this month at a camp in Rome. Authorities say he committed an estimated 1,000 burglaries over the years to obtain supplies.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says until Knight has his own lawyer, she and police feel it's their job is to keep him safe.

Associated Press

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