More charges against mountain fugitive

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah authorities are piling charges on a fugitive known as the mountain man, who only recently was identified as the suspect in six or more years of cabin break-ins across a wide area of Utah.

Emery County has become the sixth Utah county to file charges against Troy James Knapp, who was apprehended April 2 outside a cabin at a mountain reservoir in central Utah.

The latest charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief filed Tuesday added to dozens of existing charges, and federal authorities are expected to bring weapons charges of their own.

In the latest charges, Knapp is accused of stealing guns, ammunition and a rifle. As a fugitive from parole in California with a theft conviction, authorities say he was prohibited from possessing guns.

Investigators say Knapp used a pry bar to break into one cabin. In another break-in, he simply opened a window to reach an inside door lock, charging documents say.

He found food and cooked it on barbecue grills or wood stoves, prosecutors say. He also was accused of taking Army surplus boots and a pair of Swarovski binoculars.

The latest charges related to a pair of cabin burglaries in Joe’s Valley in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, before Knapp’s arrest a dozen miles away and three days later at Ferron Reservoir.

Knapp was captured with a stolen handgun, and he confessed to taking other guns and binoculars, Emery County Detective Jerod Curtis said in a court affidavit.

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