North Pond Hermit indicted on new burglary, theft charges

Christopher Knight, 47, is shown in this Kennebec County Jail booking photo following his arrest on April 4, 2013.
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Christopher Knight, 47, is shown in this Kennebec County Jail booking photo following his arrest on April 4, 2013.
Posted Aug. 22, 2013, at 7:11 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Christopher Knight was indicted on six counts of burglary and five counts of theft by a Kennebec County grand jury on Thursday, according to District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

Knight, also known as the North Pond Hermit, was indicted on four Class B burglary charges, two Class C burglary charges and five Class E theft charges, Maloney said on Thursday evening.

Knight claimed to have lived alone in the woods near North Pond in Kennebec County for 27 years.

The Class C charges stem from alleged burglaries at the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, the Class B charges from camps and homes in Rome.

The items reported stolen include household supplies, clothing, lighting and food. The burglaries and thefts occurred between July 2008 and October 2012, said Maloney.

Knight, 47, also was indicted by a Somerset County grand jury earlier this month on one count each of burglary and theft in connection with a break-in at a Smithfield property.

A status conference for Knight is scheduled for Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court. A mental evaluation has been performed on Knight, but the results were not disclosed by Maloney on Thursday.

The indictments came in order to keep the court process moving, she said.

“The court asked us to be sure that the case is moving forward,” said Maloney. “The judge doesn’t want him held without being indicted.”

Maloney said she expects a settlement to be reached.

“[The status conference will] update the court on the status of the case and allows the court to set the case for a jury trial,” she said. “If that happens, that gives us a deadline which we have to make a decision on whether we’ll settle or not.”

Knight was arrested on April 4 after allegedly burglarizing the Pine Tree Camp in Rome. Smithfield abuts Rome along the county line.

He is being held at Kennebec County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Knight told authorities he had committed more than 1,000 burglaries during his nearly three decades of living in the woods.

At the time of his arrest, Knight was wearing a winter jacket, wool hat, hooded sweat shirt, bluejeans and boots — all allegedly stolen. When they searched Knight for weapons after he was arrested that night, police found only a Leatherman utility knife.

“He did tell me that he was ‘content’ living in the woods,” Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance wrote in the documents.

Knight’s last raid on the Pine Tree Camp yielded Sweet Tarts, bacon and marshmallows, among other items, according to police documents.

In early May, about 40 camp owners converged on the Maine State Police barracks in Skowhegan, where several people reclaimed items allegedly stolen over the years by Knight. Most camp owners opted not to reclaim their property.

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