ROME, Maine – Cottage owners on a central Maine lake are expressing relief that a so-called hermit is no longer at large.
Law enforcement officials say 47-year-old Christopher Knight lived in the woods for 27 years and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries of food and other items. Authorities arrested Knight last week after he tripped a surveillance sensor while allegedly stealing food from a camp for special needs people.
Authorities are sorting through Knight's lair in the woods, but the land's owner is turning away others who have hiked there to get a look.
Among them was Frank Ten Broeck, a retired New Jersey police official who has a cottage nearby. Ten Broeck says it's "mind-boggling" that Knight could survive through Maine's severe winters for so long.