(CBS/AP) PORTLAND, Maine - Bail for the Maine man known as the North Pond Hermit was boosted to a quarter-million dollars Sunday - from $5,000 - an increase authorities say is appropriate to protect him from being exploited before an attorney is appointed for him.
Christopher Knight lived in the woods for nearly three decades before his arrest for burglary and theft last week.
Police say Knight has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger's offer to bail him out since his arrest at a camp in Rome, Maine. Authorities say he committed an estimated 1,000 burglaries over the years to obtain supplies.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says until Knight has his own lawyer, she and police feel it's their job is to keep him safe.