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Utah cabin burglar ends long run in wilderness

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 06, 2013 Apr 6, 2013 Saturday, April 06 2013 April 06, 2013 9:33 AM in News
By: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - The wilderness fugitive accused in a string of cabin break-ins in the Utah mountains is regaling detectives with stories about how he managed to evade them for six years.

Authorities and charging documents say Troy James Knapp spent winters holed up in snowbound cabins, sleeping in the owners' beds, eating their food and listening to their AM radio for updates about the manhunt.

The 45-year-old Knapp moved often and swiftly across a mountainous region stretching for 180 miles.

Searchers say he covered his tracks, and in the final chase it took three days before they were able to capture him.

Knapp was arrested outside a cabin Tuesday in the snowy mountains near Ferron, Utah. He's being held at Sanpete Court jail for a court appearance on Wednesday. Deputies say he's eagerly recounting his exploits.

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