North Pond Hermit's court appearance postponed

9:49 AM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A scheduled court appearance for a man who lived as a hermit in the woods of central Maine for nearly three decades has been postponed pending completion of a mental health evaluation.

Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, was scheduled for an appearance in Kennebec County Superior Court next Wednesday to face burglary and theft charges.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney and Knight's attorney tell the Kennebec Journal they agreed to the postponement until after the judge-ordered evaluation, which has yet to be scheduled.

The 47-year-old Knight was arrested in April while allegedly breaking into a camp to steal food. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

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

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