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‘Mountain Man’ burglar facing new charges

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 21:21:59-04

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah - The so-called "Mountain Man" burglar faces new charges out of Beaver County.

Troy Knapp, who is accused of multiple cabin burglaries across multiple southern Utah counties, allegedly broke into the same cabin on Beaver Mountain multiple times.

Tom Swindlehurst, the cabin's owner, didn't report the break-ins until he saw the suspect in news reports. Swindlehurst says someone broke into his cabin between 2009 and 2012.

Court documents say the suspect made himself at home, allegedly moving an outdoor stove into the Beaver cabin and cooking beans, and even leaving a thank you note in the cabin's guest book.

"The story begins in 2009 when we had a local homeowner report that someone broke into their cabin and actually left a note saying, 'Thanks for the hospitality, Troy James, the red head," said Beaver County Attorney Von Christiansen. "Believe it or not, that's what appeared to have happened."

During a 2012 break-in at the same cabin, Knapp allegedly left a stolen gun, then took it at a later point.

He faces two burglary charges and two theft charges in Beaver County.

Those allegations are added to charges he faces after more than five years on the run from law enforcement as he traveled across southern and central Utah, allegedly ransacking remote cabins in Sanpete, Emery, Kane, Iron and Sevier Counties.

Knapp will be back in court on July 10.