Piqua Police seize weapons, drug-related items

Suspect out on bond

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



PIQUA — A Piqua man was arrested for several firearms violations after he claimed that two males broke into his residence to rob him. The incident reportedly occurred on the 400 block of West High Street on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:31 a.m.

According to Piqua police reports, Matthew S. Gambill, 43, implicated his girlfriend’s brother and a black male in a home robbery. There were couches reportedly tipped over in the residence, and it appeared to have been ransacked.

When officers spoke with Gambill, he claimed that those two males threatened him, wanting to know “where the good stuff was.” Gambill then claimed that they shot him with BB guns. An officer noted, though, that Gambill did not appear to have any welts or marks consistent with being shot by a BB gun.

Text messages sent between Gambill and his girlfriend’s brother appeared to show that Gambill had invited the male over to the residence to get something. One of the text messages from Gambill included a photo of a white powder substance, “consistent with cocaine on a set of digital scales,” Piqua police reports stated.

Gambill reportedly admitted to police that he had been using cocaine since Sept. 9 and that he was “crashing” from that recent cocaine use. Gambill also stated that he had been up for four days straight. Officers noted that he appeared agitated the entire time that they spoke with him.

There were a number of weapons at the residence. Gambill admitted to firing a weapon during the course of the alleged robbery.

At that time, a BB gun at the residence along with two shotguns, a spent shell casing, and shotgun shells were taken into evidence. One of the weapons was a sawed-off shotgun.

Officers executed a search warrant later that day due to the weapons at the residence along with the statements and indications of drug activity. The following items were seized:

  • A cell phone
  • An Apple IPod
  • A small, plastic baggy suspected of containing marijuana
  • A digital scale
  • Several rounds of 12-gauge, 20-gauge, .22 caliber, 9mm, and 30-06 ammunition located in the bedroom
  • An aluminum Easton arrow cut allegedly “for the purpose of snorting narcotics”
  • A 30-06 bolt action rifle
  • A syringe
  • A plastic baggy containing a white residue
  • A rental agreement

Gambill was charged with third-degree felony having weapon while under disability, fifth-degree felony unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon, and fourth-degree misdemeanor discharging a firearm.

Gambill posted $15,000 surety bond on Thursday, Sept. 17. A preliminary hearing is set for Gambill on Sept. 23.

All information is provided by Piqua police reports. The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.

To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.

Suspect out on bond

By Sam Wildow


Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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