Lawrence man charged after theft of sword, blind cat, meditation balls

LAWRENCE | Lawrence police say they arrested a 31-year-old man after two connected and strange crimes.

Sgt. Trent McKinley says the caper began Sunday evening when someone entered a mobile home in Lawrence and made off with a Japanese-style sword, a blind black cat and some Chinese meditation balls, among other things.

Police were called later when residents at a nearby home reported they fled when a man barged in with no shirt or shoes but wearing the sword on his waist and carrying the cat and meditation balls. He then began eating their food.

The balls, sword and cat, named Freddie, were returned to their owners.

Prosecutors told The Lawrence Journal-World that Blake Robert Hurd is charged with four counts. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.