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Fayette homeowners hold alleged burglar at gunpoint

By Staff reports

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Homeowners held a woman at gunpoint after she broke into their home Monday morning, police said.

Lisa Beth Blankenship, 36, of Oceana, was charged with daytime burglary, Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

Blankenship broke into a home along Craft Lane near Oak Hill, according to the release, and one of the home's owners found her walking through his kitchen, according to the release.

Blankenship allegedly tried to run out the backdoor, but the man and two others held her at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Kessler said the break-in is drug-related and Blankenship is connected to reported burglaries in the area. She had been living in a wooded area nearby for several weeks, according to the release.

Blankenship was arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court was being held Monday in Southern Regional Jail.


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