EATON —According to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, the suspect in an Aug. 19, armed robbery has been extradited from the State of Connecticut and is currently being held in the Preble County Jail, awaiting trial.
Simpson reported, deputies traveled to Connecticut last week to take custody of Francis P. Sumner, 51.
Sumner was indicted by a Preble County Grand Jury after pointing a rifle at an elderly male and stealing a vehicle from a residence on U.S. 35, west of Eaton. This stolen vehicle was recovered in Michigan on Sept. 8, according to Simpson.
Sumner was arrested on Oct. 7, near Madison, Connecticut. He has been charged with the following crimes in Preble County: aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony; theft from a person in a protected class, a fifth-degree felony; two counts grand theft of a motor vehicle, both fourth degree felonies; breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony and petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.
After arriving back in Preble County, Sumner cooperated with investigators and confessed to being involved in the Aug. 19 incident, according to Simpson.
“During this interview, Sumner admitted to an additional break-in where he obtained the rifle used in the incident,” Simpson said. “This theft had gone unreported.”
Deputies will be seeking additional charges related to the second break-in, Simpson said.
Sumner is currently being held without bond and has detainers from Franklin County, Ohio and the Missouri State Parole Authority, according to Simpson.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.
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