Utah 'mountain man' faces federal weapons charges

Tuesday , April 09, 2013 - 1:58 PM

Paul Foy

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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