Man convicted in string of thefts from Ohio animal shelters

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man has been convicted of taking part in a string of thefts from animal shelters around the state.

Authorities say the break-ins at shelters in 16 counties targeted cash, electronics and medicine.

Thirty-year-old James Blankenship of Mount Gilead was convicted Friday on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, breaking and entering and safecracking.

Another man who pleaded guilty in the case testified against Blankenship.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Blankenship’s attorney argued that his phone and car might have been used by others involved in the break-ins.

Authorities say the string of thefts happened at shelters in Ashland, Champaign, Delaware, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Knox, Logan, Madison, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Muskingum, Seneca, Union and Wayne counties.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,