WEST PALM BEACH — Even by PBSO’s standards, this one’s a classic.
Christopher Combs, the 22-year-old son of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Combs, is rotting in a Broward County jail today on a whopping $300,000-bond on four felony charges: robbery, impersonating a police officer and two counts of robbery.
The younger Combs allegedly got into his father’s unmarked squad car Friday night near the family’s Boynton Beach home and decided to drive south.
About 1 a.m. Saturday in Pompano Beach, Combs started tailing another vehicle where his old girlfriend was riding alongside her new boyfriend, activated his dad’s unmarked Taurus’ blue lights and eventually pulled the couple over.
According to the arrest affidavit, Christopher Combs used the P.A. system to summon driver Robert Allen Roberts to get out of his pickup truck, get down on the ground and empty his pocket. Roberts reported to police later that Combs was laughing as he ordered him out.
In time, Roberts said he felt a hard, cold object in the back of his neck as Combs allegedly picked up Roberts’ wallet, credit cards, cash and pocket knife and left the area.
When he was arrested a few hours later, the younger Combs appeared to be drunk although he wasn’t charged with DUI.
A PBSO spokeswoman confirmed Christopher Combs is a party-time civilian employee of the sheriff’s office. He is a cadet, which means he is paid while going to college.
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So far this afternoon, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw‘s outfit has refused to admit the commander of its Loxahatchee district skipped with a squad car.
Lt. Combs was not at his office this afternoon but his assistant didn’t elaborate.
It’s been a particularly rough stretch for PBSO again. Last week, a 22-year veteran of the agency shot his girlfriend with his service gun at home in Boynton Beach then committed suicide.