Man steals purse from cousin, arrested day after his birthday, authorities say

Local - 12/29/2013 10:41 PM by Karen Franklin

PRINCETON - A Grundy man is behind bars Sunday after authorities say he stole from his cousin's home while no one was home.

Shannon Laroy Blankenship, 38, was arrested a day after his birthday by the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. Deputies told Newswatch that Blankenship was first detained for suspicious behavior, But evidence later linked him to a stolen purse in a dumpster.

The owner of the purse, who authorities say is Blankenship's cousin, said it was stolen from her kitchen table while the doors in her home were unlocked.

Blankenship remains in jail on $10,000 bond.


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