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In photos: Maine mountain man arrested after 27 years of living solo

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Christopher Knight, who is believed to have lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years, is shown in this 2012 surveillance photo from a private dwelling break-in.

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Police Christopher Knight survived by breaking into private homes and campsites to steal food. He was caught here on camera in a private home in 2012.

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Authorities caught Mr. Knight when he repeatedly robbed a camp for people with special needs.

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Maine State Police discovered Christopher Knight’s campsite near Rome, Maine, following his arrest on April 4, 2013.


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They said Mr. Knight cooked with propane and stayed warm in winter by wrapping himself in multiple sleeping bags. He never lit fires at night in order to avoid detection.

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Maine State Police believe Mr. Knight lived completely alone and may only have spoken to one person in the last 27 years.

Maine State Police/Handout/Reuters

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