What's in a name? | Crime
A bit of advice: If police question you about your suspected involvement in a crime, it’s best not to lie about your name.
Police say that’s what a Cave City man did recently and he wound up facing even more charges.
On Sunday afternoon Chief Nathan Stephens answered a call at JB’s Tobacco regarding a theft that had occurred the day before.
While reviewing the store’s surveillance video, Chief Stephens said he saw a man pick up a $20 electronic cigarette while the clerk’s back was turned.
The man “looked around to see if anyone was watching” then placed the e-cigarette in his pocket and walked out the door, according to the chief’s report.
Stephens said he recognized the man but didn’t know his name.
The chief reported he had “dealt with” the man about a month ago when Citizen’s Bank complained he was stealing their daily newspaper.
Knowing the man lived in the St. John’s apartment complex on West Spring Street, the chief paid a visit to the area on Monday morning.
While patrolling the neighborhood, Stephens reported he saw the suspect “standing in a window and he quickly closed the curtains.”
Stephens said he knocked on the door of the residence but received no answer. He said he knocked again and announced that he knew someone was inside because he had seen them at the window.
Finally, the chief said a woman opened the door.
Stephens said the woman “paused” when he asked to speak with the suspect; but, eventually the man came to the door.
When asked his name, the man reportedly replied “James Bryan.”
Recognizing him from the store video, the chief said he then handcuffed the man. Stephens reported the man resisted at first and denied he had taken anything.
When told the theft was caught on camera, the man’s wife “retrieved the item and gave it” to the chief, according to the report.
While en route to the jail, the man reportedly told Stephens his name was “James Bryan Gamble.”
A driver’s license photo from dispatch proved otherwise, according to the report.
The chief once again asked for his name.
This time, the suspect reportedly said it was “Edward Joseph Gamble.”
When Stephens attempted to run the name through dispatch no record was found.
Confronted with the information, the chief said the suspect continued to claim that was his name.
So, Stephens took the man to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office.
Stephens said sheriff’s investigators and an Arkansas State Police investigator continued to question the man until they learned his identity: John Edward Gamble.
Investigators also reportedly learned that the 39-year-old man was wanted in multiple jurisdictions on multiple offenses.
According to the initial police report, the warrants range from failure to report to probation on a theft of property charge to absconder from a probation violation on a forgery charge to a hot check warrant.
In addition, Gamble was charged with shoplifting, disorderly conduct and three counts of criminal impersonation.
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