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Oceana Woman Charged in Fayette County Break-in

Lisa Beth Blankenship Lisa Beth Blankenship

A Wyoming County woman is behind bars after a daytime burglary in Fayette County.

According to police, Lisa Beth Blankenship, 36, of Oceana, broke into a home in the Craft Lane Area of Sumerlee Road at 11a.m. on Monday.

The homeowner told police he was in his living room when he heard a noise in the house and found the suspect in the kitchen.

Blankenship attempted to flee, but was detained at gunpoint by the homeowner and two other individuals who were present at the home.

Blankenship is charged with Daytime Burglary.  

Police said the female had reportedly been staying in a wooded area in the Sumerlee Road area for the past several weeks. There have been other incidents of residential burglaries reported in this area during that time frame.

"This incident, as with so many crimes today, appears to be related to the abuse of drugs," said Sheriff Kessler, "The deputies who responded to the scene reported that this female appeared to be under the influence of some type of controlled substance, most likely prescription pills. It is unknown at this time whether or not this individual is connected to any of the other residential burglaries in this area, but deputies are investigating this possibility at this time."

Sheriff Kessler went on to add, "It's a pretty brazen act to break into a home in broad daylight in a densely-populated residential district. Unfortunately, when individuals are suffering from addition to various controlled substances, they don't realize the danger they are putting themselves into by breaking into a home that, as in this case, may be occupied at the time. More and more homeowners are arming themselves to protect their homes against this type of criminal behavior."

The incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Dept. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Dept. or Crime Stoppers at (304)255-7857.

 

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