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(CNN)   The infamous North Pond Hermit has been captured after 27 years of burglarizing camps in the Maine woods. And yes, he looks like a hermit who's spent 27 years burglarizing camps in the Maine woods   (cnn.com) divider line 53
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2013-04-11 09:21:16 AM
I bet he sang "I'm into something good" as he did his break and enters.
 
2013-04-11 09:22:21 AM
Wow, Peter Brady has really let himself go.
 
2013-04-11 09:23:51 AM
A thousand burglaries... that's almost impressive.
 
2013-04-11 09:23:54 AM
You know he has scarfed down a lot of Smoores and Mountain Pies.
 
2013-04-11 09:25:05 AM
 You see, you know that is the trouble with living half way up a cliff - you feel so cut off. You know it takes me two hours every morning to get out onto the moors, collect my berries, chastise myself, and two hours back in the evening.
 
2013-04-11 09:26:09 AM
Journo Protip: If you're going to write that someone never stole money, don't link to the video of the police counting out stolen money.
 
2013-04-11 09:26:12 AM
What a weird story.
 
2013-04-11 09:28:44 AM
Has anyone actually been "trying" to catch this guy?  He doesn't look like the Ninja that you would expect.
 
2013-04-11 09:30:17 AM
I would have expected a huge-ass beard.  I guess he burgled himself some shaving supplies.

/huge ass-beard?
 
2013-04-11 09:31:14 AM
And yes, he looks like a hermit who's spent 27 years burglarizing camps in the Maine wood

Clean shaven and with a fine pair of glasses?
 
2013-04-11 09:32:26 AM
Doesn't look like the typical hermit to me, Subby.
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Have you seen us, Uncle Reavis
 
2013-04-11 09:32:30 AM

computerguyUT: Has anyone actually been "trying" to catch this guy?  He doesn't look like the Ninja that you would expect.


That's because he's in disguise.  That's how he eluded capture for so long.
 
2013-04-11 09:33:14 AM
North Pond Hermit?  I thought that was a new nickname for our fearless leader in Best Korea.
 
2013-04-11 09:42:41 AM
"he kept his mind sharp with the books he stole during break-ins"

This would look kick ass on a headstone.
 
2013-04-11 09:43:40 AM
He should have just moved into the steam tunnels with Lazlo.
 
2013-04-11 09:46:06 AM
FTFA - "According to lore, the shadowy figure would sneak into cabins, camps and houses surrounding North Pond, and steal food, clothing, camping gear and other supplies. But he never took money and never caused damage, according to a 2005 story on the hermit in the Kennebec Journal newspaper."

I've decided that my new goal in life is to do something that turns into "lore."  Lots of people strive for things like "accomplishments" or "achievements," but it's that rare individual that takes things to the level of "lore." It doesn't even sound like it takes much in the way of work, which is good because I'm lazy.  Years from now, when I'm lying on my death bed, I hope to drift off peacefully into that eternal sleep, satisfied in the the knowledge that I brought the farking "lore."
 
2013-04-11 09:46:47 AM
www.celfamous.com

I was not aware that his acting career had stalled so badly.
 
2013-04-11 09:48:11 AM
Has anyone got him up to speed on the Kardashians yet?
 
2013-04-11 09:51:10 AM

Arkanaut: I would have expected a huge-ass beard.  I guess he burgled himself some shaving supplies.

/huge ass-beard?


Yeah, the lack of beard is concerning.
 
2013-04-11 09:51:27 AM

karnal: Doesn't look like the typical hermit to me, Subby.
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Have you seen us, Uncle Reavis


That's what I was expecting, too.
 
2013-04-11 09:55:05 AM
Is this an excerpt from a Hardy Boys book?
 
2013-04-11 09:55:09 AM
Old man withers?!
 
2013-04-11 09:58:45 AM
That dude has pervert written all over him.
 
2013-04-11 10:01:36 AM
you have to go to the optometrist and and answer the question "better one or two?" to get glasses.
 
2013-04-11 10:07:43 AM
Yo, I'm happy for ya, and I'mma let you finish, but Noah John Rondeau was the best hermit of *ALL TIME*.
 
2013-04-11 10:07:50 AM
The guy who knew him was "sent" to high school?

/Well, I guess we all were sent there, one way or another
 
2013-04-11 10:11:50 AM

Langdon Alger: you have to go to the optometrist and and answer the question "better one or two?" to get glasses.


They sell reading glasses at dollar stores...

It was the lack of beard that made me wonder. I was expecting someone who looked like he should be on Duck Dynasty
 
2013-04-11 10:19:32 AM

WTFDYW: That dude has pervert written all over him.


Agreed, he's the guy that knows when your camping, or sleeping, or whether your chili is good the next day.   Surprised the bond was $5,000.
 
2013-04-11 10:33:32 AM

dopekitty74: Langdon Alger: you have to go to the optometrist and and answer the question "better one or two?" to get glasses.

They sell reading glasses at dollar stores...

It was the lack of beard that made me wonder. I was expecting someone who looked like he should be on Duck Dynasty


He might have been shaved at the prison as a precaution against ticks and lice. Also he could have stolen a razor.
 
2013-04-11 10:35:08 AM

Langdon Alger: you have to go to the optometrist and and answer the question "better one or two?" to get glasses.


Based on the size of the lenses, I'd say he got those glasses some time before he started living in the woods.  I haven't seen goggles like that since the '80s.
 
2013-04-11 10:37:17 AM
he kept his mind sharp with the books he stole during break-ins


Books like this one?


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2013-04-11 10:50:00 AM
http://www.kjonline.com/Complete_coverage_of_the_North_Pond_Hermit.ht m l

The local paper has more in-depth coverage. Apparently those are the same glasses he had when he left for the woods in the first place.
 
2013-04-11 11:00:19 AM
Since he'll finally be around other peopl now Look at it this way. Considering the type of person he isand the environment he's been in, you have to admit the strong possibility this may be the only chance he ever has in his entire life... to have sex.
 
2013-04-11 11:05:19 AM
27 years and he couldn't build a proper teepee
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2013-04-11 11:21:56 AM
Fark is closing the gap on Reddit.  This was only on Reddit two days ago.
 
2013-04-11 11:41:28 AM
Going to be some good campfire ghost stories about this guy for the next 50 years.
 
2013-04-11 11:45:44 AM
Just no.

That man is a "hermit" in the same way that Taylor Swift is a "hermit". Neither has done anything in 20 years, if you catch my drift. They caught some burglar and are tying to get publicity for the town so tourists will come. The old freak show strategy.

fredbox:
The local paper has more in-depth coverage. Apparently those are the same glasses he had when he left for the woods in the first place.

Right...because in 27 year his prescription never changed nor did the glasses never got broken or damaged despite all the rough living.
 
2013-04-11 12:00:54 PM
Hermit?  No, he's just a homeless bum.

Read the article.  The guy stole EVERYTHING.  He never tried to provide anything for himself.  No catching or growing food, no attempts at getting a job, nothing.

If he was running low on food, he went and stole some.  If he needed a new shirt, he stole it.  All that stuff in his camp?  All stolen.

He was a one-man crime wave.
 
2013-04-11 12:05:02 PM

KarmicDisaster: Going to be some good campfire ghost stories about this guy for the next 50 years.


We had a guy like this up in the Jemez Mountains called the Cookie Bandit.  He survived in the woods by breaking into nearby empty vacation cabins.  He seemed to have a particular weakness for wine and cookies.

Then he started trying to break into occupied cabins.

And then a hiker went missing.

The sheriff finally had to do something, so they sent two school resource officers out on a sting.  The dude ended up killing one with the missing hiker's gun.  Turns out he was wanted for killing two campers in Canada, which they would've found out if they'd ever run his prints.

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Looks a lot more like a crazy hermit, too.
 
2013-04-11 12:10:28 PM

pasketti: Hermit?  No, he's just a homeless bum.

Read the article.  The guy stole EVERYTHING.  He never tried to provide anything for himself.  No catching or growing food, no attempts at getting a job, nothing.

If he was running low on food, he went and stole some.  If he needed a new shirt, he stole it.  All that stuff in his camp?  All stolen.

He was a one-man crime wave.


At least it wasn't a one-crime man wave.

/NTTAWWT
 
2013-04-11 12:19:03 PM

pasketti: Hermit?  No, he's just a homeless bum.

Read the article.  The guy stole EVERYTHING.  He never tried to provide anything for himself.  No catching or growing food, no attempts at getting a job, nothing.

If he was running low on food, he went and stole some.  If he needed a new shirt, he stole it.  All that stuff in his camp?  All stolen.

He was a one-man crime wave.


This.

Plus he was pretty damned fat for being a 'hermit'.
 
2013-04-11 12:19:21 PM

vestona22: Journo Protip: If you're going to write that someone never stole money, don't link to the video of the police counting out stolen money.


You're assuming that money was stolen. Maybe that was his emergency money that he had with him from before he decided to go Yoda.

dukwbutter: Fark is closing the gap on Reddit.  This was only on Reddit two days ago.


So what you're saying is, your life is so void of content that you have to hang out at Reddit AND Fark? Are you a hermit living in the woods? How do you get Internet access out there?
 
2013-04-11 12:22:46 PM
But he never took money and never caused damage, according to a 2005 story on the hermit in the Kennebec Journal newspaper.

What does it matter that he never took money? Would it have been better or worse if he had and used it to buy the food and supplies rather than just steal them? How did he never cause damage? After 400 or so burglaries you'd think people would start putting in better locks that would have required that he cause damage to get in.
 
2013-04-11 12:30:51 PM

louiedog: But he never took money and never caused damage, according to a 2005 story on the hermit in the Kennebec Journal newspaper.

What does it matter that he never took money? Would it have been better or worse if he had and used it to buy the food and supplies rather than just steal them? How did he never cause damage? After 400 or so burglaries you'd think people would start putting in better locks that would have required that he cause damage to get in.


Just to go all devils advocate for a bit; from the sounds of it, he never ventured too far away from the woods; so cash would be useless to him.  As for damaging things during his break ins; someone with enough practice can pick a lock fairly quickly.  Also, without being familiar with the area, but based on the description in the article, the "cabin" area sounds as though there are a fair number of buildings for rent; so he could conceivably just keep hopping around until he found one unlocked.  People are lazy, forgetful, and especially  in the boonies, trusting.  Hell, even in a typical suburban development, I'd wager at least a third of the houses had an unlocked door or window.
 
2013-04-11 12:41:43 PM

Shan: louiedog: But he never took money and never caused damage, according to a 2005 story on the hermit in the Kennebec Journal newspaper.

What does it matter that he never took money? Would it have been better or worse if he had and used it to buy the food and supplies rather than just steal them? How did he never cause damage? After 400 or so burglaries you'd think people would start putting in better locks that would have required that he cause damage to get in.

Just to go all devils advocate for a bit; from the sounds of it, he never ventured too far away from the woods; so cash would be useless to him.  As for damaging things during his break ins; someone with enough practice can pick a lock fairly quickly.  Also, without being familiar with the area, but based on the description in the article, the "cabin" area sounds as though there are a fair number of buildings for rent; so he could conceivably just keep hopping around until he found one unlocked.  People are lazy, forgetful, and especially  in the boonies, trusting.  Hell, even in a typical suburban development, I'd wager at least a third of the houses had an unlocked door or window.


I understand why he wouldn't use cash. That's sort of the point. He lives in the woods. If he'd stolen cash he'd just be buying those same supplies that he was stealing.

And as for picking locks, that's exactly what I meant by "putting in BETTER locks" after he became notorious. He was stealing from a walk-in in the surveillance video and I got the impression he'd been hitting that place up. They don't have facilities like that in every rented cabin.
 
2013-04-11 12:56:46 PM
But, but he's sorry! And they believe him.

1000 burglaries and he gets caught and all the sudden he's sorry. Suuuure
 
2013-04-11 01:21:53 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: KarmicDisaster: Going to be some good campfire ghost stories about this guy for the next 50 years.

We had a guy like this up in the Jemez Mountains called the Cookie Bandit.  He survived in the woods by breaking into nearby empty vacation cabins.  He seemed to have a particular weakness for wine and cookies.

Then he started trying to break into occupied cabins.

And then a hiker went missing.

The sheriff finally had to do something, so they sent two school resource officers out on a sting.  The dude ended up killing one with the missing hiker's gun.  Turns out he was wanted for killing two campers in Canada, which they would've found out if they'd ever run his prints.

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Looks a lot more like a crazy hermit, too.


I remember reading an article claim that bums living in public parks was becoming a major problem, this was about 8 years ago.

This past Halloween thread a farker said he had seen some strange guy while he was out hunting just staring into the sky and someone had stuck a bunch of turkey feathers into the ground in a weird pattern.
 
2013-04-11 03:02:30 PM

MrSin666: Since he'll finally be around other peopl now Look at it this way. Considering the type of person he isand the environment he's been in, you have to admit the strong possibility this may be the only chance he ever has in his entire life... to have sex.


He stole from a tard camp.


"Unghaaa!" sounds the same whether it's pain or pleasure.


/handbasket too small I'll ride cargo
 
2013-04-11 04:46:10 PM
In-depth report from Maine newspaper.  Guy survived Maine winters without heat.  OTOH, he's a fan of Limbaugh.
 
2013-04-11 08:23:44 PM

WTFDYW: That dude has pervert written all over him.


Judgemental are we?
 
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