Utah 'mountain man' faces federal weapons charges

Apr 9 2013 - 1:58pm

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This image provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office shows detectives placing fugitive Troy James Knapp into custody Tuesday April 2, 2013, in the mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah. Authorities captured the elusive survivalist who is suspected of burglarizing Utah cabins and leaving some covered with threats and bullet holes, ending a saga that began six years ago. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
The snow-covered mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah are seen in this image made Tuesday, April 2, 2013, and provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe that Troy James Knapp, a survivalist suspected of burglarizing dozens of remote Utah cabins where he stayed while eluding capture for six years, lingered around the rugged country, about 125 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, since last fall and took shelter at cabins in the middle of the Manti-LaSal National Forest. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
Law enforcement officials on snowmobiles traverse the mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah in this image made Tuesday, April 2, 2013, and provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Dozens of officers acting on a Good Friday tip converged on the area using snowmobiles and a snowcat early Tuesday capturing Troy James Knapp, a survivalist suspected of burglarizing dozens of remote Utah cabins where he stayed while eluding capture for six years. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
This image provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office shows detectives placing fugitive Troy James Knapp into custody Tuesday April 2, 2013, in the mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah. Authorities captured the elusive survivalist who is suspected of burglarizing Utah cabins and leaving some covered with threats and bullet holes, ending a saga that began six years ago. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
The snow-covered mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah are seen in this image made Tuesday, April 2, 2013, and provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe that Troy James Knapp, a survivalist suspected of burglarizing dozens of remote Utah cabins where he stayed while eluding capture for six years, lingered around the rugged country, about 125 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, since last fall and took shelter at cabins in the middle of the Manti-LaSal National Forest. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
Law enforcement officials on snowmobiles traverse the mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah in this image made Tuesday, April 2, 2013, and provided by the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Dozens of officers acting on a Good Friday tip converged on the area using snowmobiles and a snowcat early Tuesday capturing Troy James Knapp, a survivalist suspected of burglarizing dozens of remote Utah cabins where he stayed while eluding capture for six years. (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)

 

SALT LAKE CITY -- The fugitive recently captured by Utah authorities for a series of cabin break-ins over six years is now under federal investigation for firearms violations.

Federal authorities tell The Associated Press they're getting involved. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives confirms it has joined the investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City says Troy James Knapp could face both federal and state charges for his long wilderness crime spree.

Local authorities say 45-year-old Knapp survived winters by holing up inside one cabin after another, sleeping in the owners' beds, eating their food, stealing weapons and camping gear. Now at Sanpete County jail, he's telling detectives where he cached the stolen goods.

Officials say a long criminal record prohibited Knapp from possessing firearms.

Knapp will make his first court appearance by video Wednesday in Manti.

 

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