Ohioan gets 9 years in string of thefts from animal shelters

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for taking part in a string of thefts from animal shelters in 16 counties around the state.

Thirty-year-old James Blankenship of Mount Gilead was sentenced Monday after being convicted on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and safecracking.

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

Authorities say they got away with cash, electronics and animals medicine.

Blankenship’s attorney argued that his phone and car might have been used by others involved in the break-ins.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1NQ2zAK ) reports Blankenship must also pay $15,000 in restitution to the shelters.