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James Combs

A Frankfort man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke into a tattoo shop, drank top-shelf bourbon and ate food left at the business before pleasuring himself and falling asleep.

James Brandon Combs, 36, was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court. He was arrested after owners of G Studios tattoo and piercing shop, 859 E. Main St., arrived the morning of June 5 to discover him inside the business without permission.

Combs had been in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash bond, which was reduced Friday by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd by 10% to $100.

Combs faces a charge of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, Combs told officers he thought he had permission to enter the tattoo shop.

“He told the police that a friend told him it was OK to go in there,” Cleveland said. “I don’t know why the friend also told him it was OK to kick in the door.”

However, it doesn’t appear the “friend” had any authority to grant permission for Combs to be inside the business.

Officers reported that when proprietors of the tattoo shop arrived the morning of June 5 they were surprised to find Combs sitting in a tattoo booth, wearing one of the owners’ shirts. He’d allegedly kicked in the door to the business at about 1 a.m. and helped himself to a bottle of Blanton’s bourbon and some food. Combs also appeared to have repeatedly pleasured himself as officers discovered evidence in the form of bodily fluids in areas of the business.

“He spent some time doing it,” Cleveland said.

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