Burglary suspect apprehended in McDonald

July 28, 2014

CARMICHAELS – The suspect in one of a string of daytime burglaries in Cumberland Township was apprehended Monday morning in on a fugitive warrant in McDonald.

Cumberland Township Police Chief Craig Miller credited the McDonald Police Department for assisting his department in taking Cody Andrew Gilblom, 21, of 105 Parkview Knoll, Carmichaels, into custody.

Miller said his department received a tip that Gilblom was staying with a relative there.

“We called them with the tip and they contacted us to say they had found him,” Miller said. “There are currently five charges against him; burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. More charges are possible in this case.”

Gilblom is charged with allegedly breaking into the residence of Dale and Suzanne Switalski at 585 Ceylon Road about 5 p.m. July 21.

According to court records, Gilblom pleaded guilty in the past to multiple burglaries, dating to 2010, from both Washington and Greene counties. Miller said he has not been named as a suspect in four other burglaries that took place within one mile of the July 21 burglary.

“The other four are still under investigation and we are waiting for some evidence to be analyzed at the crime lab at this time,” Miller said.

Police sought Gilblom’s arrest in the July 21 burglary after police located two rings and a bracelet, taken in the burglary at the Waynesburg Gold and Coin Exchange. An employee there provided police with a sales receipt, and a copy of Gilblom’s photo identification allegedly used in the transaction. Dale Switalski positively identified the items to police as those belonging to his wife.

Other items reported stolen by the Switalskis included $150 in change, a lock box containing silver coin proof sets, a Smith and Wesson 9 mm Model 639 with holster and several other pieces of jewelry.

A tip of a suspicious person next to a white Pontiac in the area of the Switalski residence the day of the burglary led Cumberland Township Police officers to suspect Gilblom. A similar car, registered to Melina Bissett, was found parked at the Parkview Knoll apartment complex just off of Ceylon Road.

After reviewing security footage at the apartment complex, police identified the driver of the car as Bissett’s son, Billy Jack Pattison. Pattison fit the description of the person given in the tip. He is seen in the footage parking a white Pontiac in front of apartment 105, the residence of Christina Rockwell, and a second male, identified as Gilblom, exiting Rockwell’s apartment. According to a manager at the complex, Rockwell had only lived at Parkview Knoll about a month and Gilblom was known to be her boyfriend.

On July 23, police located the vehicle Pattison was driving at 22 Cumberland Village, Carmichaels, and made contact with him. Pattison told police he did not know anything about the burglaries in the area. Pattison said he gave a ride to Gilblom July 21 to Ceylon Road near Michaels Auto. Pattison allegedly told Beckus that Gilblom asked him to drive down the road and he would meet him there.

Pattison said he then drove to the area of Little Chicago and Ceylon Roads and waited for Gilblom.

According to Pattison, Gilblom did not have anything in his hands when he exited the vehicle but when he returned, 30 minutes later, he was running down the road carrying a white plastic bag. Beckus said Pattison told him he didn’t know what was inside the bag but noted hearing the sound of coins.

Pattison said Gilblom then asked him to drive him to Waynesburg where he had Pattison wait along the road while he went somewhere. After Gilblom returned, Pattison drove him back to Carmichaels, according to the criminal complaint filed before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson.

The surveillance video from Parkview Knoll depicts Pattison dropping Gilblom off, carrying a white bag into Rockwell’s apartment, according to police.

Gilblom is being held in Greene County jail on $30,000 straight cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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