Three Times a Charm for Burglar Who Gambled He Could Get Away It

Modified: July 2, 2014 3:48pm


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces that a Buffalo man, who has devoted himself to a life of crime, recently earned his seventeenth criminal conviction. 49 year-old Christopher Gamble pleaded guilty as charged to Burglary in the Third degree before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.  This is the highest charge for which Gamble could have been convicted had he gone to trial.  In other words, Gamble was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

No stranger to law enforcement, Gamble has been arrested 20 times, racking up fourteen (14) misdemeanor convictions and two (2) felony convictions since 1983.  Despite a criminal record that reaches back to when The Police were atop the record charts, Gamble doesn’t appear to be getting any wiser, as demonstrated by his most recent arrest and third felony conviction.

On January 5, 2014, Gamble was caught red-handed while climbing out of a window, his jacket bursting with stolen property, of an auto parts store on Main Street in the City of Buffalo. Buffalo Police Officers Dan Meegan and Michael Walker declined Gamble’s offer to help them investigate crimes in return for setting him free, and immediately arrested him. At the time of his January 5th arrest, Gamble was under parole supervision in connection with a recent burglary conviction, leading one veteran courthouse observer to note that efforts to “rehabilitate” the defendant have proven less than fruitful.

Gamble faces up to seven years in state prison as a Second Felony Offender when sentenced on August 12, 2014 by Judge DiTullio. 

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.