Convicted burglar behind bars again

Cary Ashby • Jan 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A convicted burglar is being held without bond until his next probation violation hearing.

Franklin D. Combs II, 32, of 3951 Henry Road, Plymouth, has said there is probable cause he violated the terms of his community control sanctions. A merits hearings is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Combs' probation officer, Andrea Cooke, said the defendant was fired from his job and has been non-compliant, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said at Monday's hearing.

"And I believe his residence is outside Huron County," she also told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Combs reportedly was supposed to start a new job Monday in Mansfield cleaning industrial sites.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge about his client's recent interactions with law enforcement.

Combs has been charged with driving with a suspended license. Longo said the defendant didn't want his wife to leave home at midnight with their newborn child to pick him up from work so "he took a chance" and drove himself.

Authorities also "tossed" Combs' home in connection with a burglary investigation, Longo said.

"Apparently it wasn't him and they didn't find anything illegal," the public defender added.

Combs was placed on three years of intensive probation in mid-April 2011. He was convicted of one count each of burglary and breaking and entering. Combs was ordered to pay $1,949 in restitution to a Norwalk recycling center and $207 to the Plymouth female victim, according to court records.

As part of his probation, the judge ordered Combs to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The burglary happened Oct. 9, 2010 while the break-in was Nov. 27, 2010.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard and several deputies arrested Combs and a Willard man Dec. 3, 2010 at the Huron Valley Mobile Home Park with about 400 pounds of conduit, which contains copper wires. Deputies said the men stripped the wire from the conduit, took it to a Richland County scrap yard to sell and then used the money to buy heroin.

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