Man accused of burglarizing Springfield home, hit with prosthetic leg


A Springfield man used his prosthetic leg to defend himself from someone who wouldn’t leave his home and he claimed hit him.

Melvin W. Gilbreath, 58, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday morning. Bond was set at $5,000.

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Springfield police officers were called to a Rose Street home on a report of a burglary about 5 a.m. Monday. It was the third time police had been called to that address in the previous two hours and allegedly already had told Gilbreath to leave, according to a police report.

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Gilbreath was sitting on the couch when police arrived. The victim told Gilbreath to leave earlier in the night but he allegedly refused, according to police.

The victim had blood running down his lip and told police Gilbreath allegedly hit him while entering the home. Gilbreath had a cut on his hairline and blood was running down his forehead, the report said. The victim removed his prosthetic leg and hit him with it, according to the police report. Both refused medical treatment.

Gilbreath was taken to the Clark County Jail.

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