A Greenfield Township man has been arrested in connection with a breaking and entering and theft investigation, according to a release from Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin.

Sheriff Champlin released a statement earlier this week asking residents of the area to check their properties for signs of breaking and entering or theft. (See original release below.)

William Tribble, Jr., 24, is currently being held in the Gallia County jail and has been charged with breaking and entering. According to Sheriff Champlin’s statement, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Tribble’s Kokeen Road home earlier in the week and allegedly recovered “a large quantity of stolen property” as a result of that search warrant.

“I am thankful for the diligent work of the deputies and investigators, who have worked tirelessly to seek justice in this case for our hardworking citizens, who have been a victim of these criminal acts,” said Champlin. “As of the time of this statement, we are continuing our investigation and communicating with our victims to ensure that our case is thorough and complete.  We would ask anyone who has any additional information regarding this investigation, please contact our office at 740-446-1221.”



Published February 7, 2018

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin is urging Greenfield Township residents to check their property for signs of theft. According to a press release issued yesterday, over the past few weeks, Champlin said his office has received several reports of breaking & entering resulting in thefts in the Greenfield Township area. Several of the B&Es and thefts have reportedly involved remote hunting cabins, residences and garages.

A person of interest, who investigators believe is involved in the thefts, has been identified, according to the statement, but a name was not released as of press time.

“We also believe that our suspect has stolen from other property owners in the area, without their knowledge,” stated Champlin.  “I strongly encourage our citizens in Greenfield Township to check their personal property to ensure they have not been a target from this slime ball who victimizes innocent, hardworking people.”

Champlin is asking anyone with information pertaining to these thefts to contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at (740)446-6555.  All calls to the Tip-Line are anonymous.