A Chillicothe man will spend the next 11 years in prison after he was sentenced to eight years in addition to a three-year sentence in a different jurisdiction.
Dustin Combs, 23, appeared in Highland County Common Pleas Court Friday morning and was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, a second-degree felony, to be served consecutive to a three-year prison sentence he received earlier this week in Fayette County, where he pled guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs, also a second-degree felony.
In addition, he was ordered to pay $34,000 in restitution to a victim.
Combs’ co-defendant in the Highland County case, Storm Amyx, 22, Greenfield, was also sentenced earlier this week to 10 years in prison in connection with a July crime spree near Bainbridge, during which the two reportedly stole $35,000 in cash, as well as guns, jewelry and a number of vehicles at two different residences, according to a bill of particulars filed in the case.
As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, Combs allegedly fled from Highland County officers several days after theft, and was later arrested by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at the Baymont Inn in Jeffersonville, after which he received the drug charges.
The Highland County Sheriff’s Office initially reported two burglaries on Beaver Road and U.S. Route 50 near Bainbridge on July 28, and reports said handguns, rifles, shotguns and $35,000 cash were removed from a residence on U.S. 50.
On Beaver Road that same day, a Remington .22 caliber rifle, a H&R .410 gauge shotgun, Savage Model M220 single shot shotgun, a John Deere backhoe, UTV, and zero-turn mower were reported stolen, according to reports.
Reports said Combs purchased a blue car in Greenfield the next day, July 29, and allegedly paid with banded $100 bills, similar to the banded bills reported stolen from the residence in Bainbridge, reports said.
The HCSO reportedly located the blue car Aug. 2 in Greenfield, but the car fled toward Ross County.
Fayette County deputies were notified and later located the suspect vehicle in the lot at the Baymont Inn in Jeffersonville.
The vehicle, reports said, was disabled by the sheriff’s office to prevent another pursuit.
Reports said Combs and two men from Greenfield then got into a Cadillac and attempted to leave the lot, but the deputies blocked the car. Combs was arrested on the Highland County warrant, reports said. The two men who were with Combs, including the driver of the Cadillac, were released.
The HCSO assisted with executing a search warrant, reports said, during which two handguns – a Kel-Tec PMR30 semi-auto pistol and a Ruger Mark II semi-auto pistol – a black pistol case, set of keys, gold jewelry, lottery tickets, bullets, and tools were allegedly found in the room. Some of the firearms matched the descriptions of firearms reported stolen in Highland County, reports said.
When Combs was processed into the Fayette County Jail, reports said he informed deputies that he had $1,000 in the sole of his tennis shoe.
Highland County Common Pleas Court Bailiff Dan Music told The Times-Gazette he had to remove one of Combs’ family members from the courtroom Friday during proceedings after he caused a disruption.
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