New charges filed in daytime burglaries

August 12, 2014
Cody Andrew Gilblom

CARMICHAELS – New charges were filed by Cumberland Township police against Cody Andrew Gilblom, 21, of 105 Parkview Knoll, Carmichaels, a suspect in five daytime burglaries in Carmichaels last month.

Gilblom was apprehended July 28 on a fugitive warrant in McDonald and placed in Greene County jail on $30,000 straight cash bond for allegedly breaking into the residence of Dale and Suzanne Switalski July 21.

Gilblom was arraigned Monday before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson on charges related to a July 6 burglary on Diamond Street and a July 8 burglary on Cumberland Ave. Watson set additional bond of $30,000 straight cash each for these two cases for a total of $90,000 straight cash bond against Gilblom.

He is charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief in three of the five burglaries. Police have not said if he will be charged in the other two burglaries.

Police said Julia Lecorchick reported coming home July 6 to find a broken window, two back doors wide open and the contents of her jewelry box spilled onto her bed. A bloodied towel was found on top of a chest at the foot of the bed.

According to the complaint, Gilblom looked at photographs from the scene of the burglary and gave Cumberland Township Detective Tony Gismondi details how he broke in and cut his arm in the process. Gilblom said he used a towel from the kitchen to stop the bleeding. Gilblom allegedly told Gismondi he stole a couple of necklaces and then fled after hearing a car door and someone entering the home. He said he threw the necklaces away because they did not have markings on them indicating they were real gold, Gismondi said.

On July 8, police responded to the Cumberland Avenue residence of Carol Johnston for a burglary. Police said the home was in disarray with cupboards, cabinets, dresser drawers and closet doors opened. Johnston provided police with a list of items stolen, including jewelry, clothing, electronics and prescription medication.

Gismondi contacted the EZ Cash LLC pawn shop in Washington and learned Gilblom pawned a 14k gold ring and 10k bracelet July 8.

Police initially sought Gilblom’s arrest for the July 21 burglary after locating two rings and a bracelet taken in that 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 9mm Model 639 with holster and several other pieces of jewelry.

Gilblom became a suspect in that burglary following a tip of a suspicious person seen in the area of the Switalski home the day of the burglary.

The tip involving a white Pontiac led police to Parkview Knoll, where security footage showed a white Pontiac in front of an apartment belonging to Christina Rockwell. Rockwell was identified as Gilblom’s girlfriend. Police said the car was driven to Parkview Knoll by an associate of Gilblom’s, Billy Jack Pattison.

Police said the surveillance video from Parkview Knoll shows Pattison dropping Gilblom off in front of Rockwell’s apartment and Gilblom carrying a white bag inside with him.

According to court records, Gilblom pleaded guilty in the past to multiple burglaries, dating to 2010, from both Washington and Greene counties.

A preliminary hearing for the new charges will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 20 before Watson.

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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