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Alleged burglar no mental giant

According to a witness, a Locust Grove man charged in a string of local burglaries was “not the sharpest tool in the shed.” James Ryan Blake, 27, was allegedly in the process of breaking into the same home in Oak Haven subdivision for the third time March 15 when he was confronted by the witness who told him, “You might as well stay. The police are on the way”. Blake, who had fingerprint powder from where the home was dusted after a previous appliance theft on his forehead, fled the scene instead. Deputy Eddie Hendricks spotted Blake and turned around but lost sight of Blake’s vehicle. When he found it, Blake had wrecked on Liberty Hill Road. Blake is charged with two counts of burglary, driving under the influence of cocaine and failure to yield. The witness who called in the burglary in progress and confronted Blake said the alleged thief had removed many of the appliances from the new home. Sheriff Larry Waller was appreciative of the witness who asked to remain unidentified. “We appreciate his being alert and getting a good description of the offender,” Waller said. He urged others to watch for strange vehicles and suspicious activity at the homes of their neighbors and to call authorities if such activity is observed.

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