North Pond Hermit to Stay in Jail

Updated 1 year ago

The man nicknamed “The North Pond Hermit” will stay in jail for a while, and according to the District Attorney, that’s right where he wants to be.Christopher Knight, 47, is charged with burglary and theft. Police believe he’s responsible for roughly 1,000 burglaries over the past 27-years in the Rome and Smithfield area.Knight was in court Tuesday afternoon where his bail was set at $25,000 cash.It was temporarily raised over the weekend to $250,000.District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says there is a stipulation to the bail agreement: No third party can put up Knight’s bail.Maloney told reporters there have been several offers to post Knight’s bail, but Knight told his attorney he’d rather stay in jail.Maloney also said authorities are no longer taking reports of crimes that Knight might have committed.”So if you didn’t report your burglary or your theft case before Mr. Knight was arrested, if it wasn’t important enough to you to report it at the time, we’re not taking those reports now,” Maloney said.Police announced last week Knight had been living year-round in a homemade camp in the woods for nearly three decades.Knight’s attorney has requested his client undergo a mental health evaluation.Knight is due back in court next month.


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