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He took Dad’s police car and acted like a cop. Then he became a robber, real cops say

Christopher Combs
Christopher Combs

It’s common for sons to don similar clothes to their fathers’ work uniforms and act like Dad. What’s not common is for that to involve a law enforcement-issued car and armed robbery.

That’s what Christopher Combs, 22-year-old son of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s lieutenant, is accused of over four charges: robbery with a weapon, impersonating law enforcement and two counts of false imprisonment. Herald news partner CBS4 reports Combs is also a PBSO cadet.

After his arrest Saturday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Combs posted $120,000 bond and is now on 24-hour house arrest.

Combs allegedly staged his robbery in a rural part of Pompano Beach, on Loxahatchee Road near the intersection with University Drive. Combs is accused of using his father’s unmarked car to pull his two victims over and rob them. CBS4 says the victims were Combs ex-girlfriend and a friend of hers.

In another PBSO case last week involving the misuse of law enforcement equipment in violence against female exes, Deputy Michael De Marco, in his uniform and patrol car, used his standard issue gun to shoot his ex-girlfriend then himself as she walked her dog in her Boynton Beach development, according to authorities.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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