A man accused of stealing a sword, a blind cat, and a set of meditation balls in a bizarre set of break-ins was arrested by Kansas police this week.
Thirty-one-year old Blake Robert Hurd allegedly broke into two homes in the Easy Living mobile home park in Lawrence on Sunday. According to authorities, he was connected to both crimes by the odd assortment of items he allegedly swiped.
The Lawrence Journal-World writes that Hurd allegedly entered the first mobile home, sometime before 5:00 pm.
He proceeded to steal a Japanese samurai sword, a blind cat named Freddie, a set of Chinese meditation balls and various other items. The homeowners were not present during the alleged burglary.
According to authorities, Hurd entered a second mobile home in the park roughly 20 minutes later. The startled residents were home during the break-in but managed to escape and alert police.
They described the burglar as shirtless and wearing a samurai sword inside a scabbard around his waist. He was allegedly carrying both the blind cat and the meditation balls.
The residents reportedly explained to police that once Hurd entered the mobile home, he began to eat their food rather than attempting to steal additional items.
The Associated Press writes that Hurd was subsequently arrested and charged with four counts of burglary in connection with both mobile home break-ins. It’s not clear if he has acquired legal representation.
According to authorities, the samurai sword, the blind cat, and the Chinese meditation balls have all been returned to their rightful owner.