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Maine 'hermit' suspected of 1,000 thefts pleads not guilty; lawyers hope to avoid trial

A man who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly three decades has pleaded not guilty to seven burglaries and six thefts.

Authorities say Christopher Knight may be responsible for 1,000 burglaries in the 27 years he lived in the woods.

Knight appeared in court Tuesday to answer to charges for the first time since his April arrest.

His lawyer and prosecutors tell the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/18ZVLHS ) they hope to resolve the case before it goes to trial in October. But there are some issues to be worked out first, including where Knight will live, what he will do and what sort of counseling he will get.

He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Knight was arrested after police say they caught him stealing food from a camp in Rome.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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