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Former Band Director Facing Theft Charges

Monday, 23 September 2013

Champaign County prosecutors have filed felony theft charges against the former director of the University of Illinois Bands for allegedly selling university instruments and pocketing the money.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler says two counts of theft have been filed against Robert R. Rumbelow.

Ziegler says the charges stem from the sale of four clarinets to a Nashville, Tenn. school district and the disappearance of 20 other instruments delivered to Rumbelow around June 25, 2012.

Ziegler says prosecutors don't know what happened to those instruments.

The 48-year-old Rumbelow will be arraigned Tuesday on Class 2 felony counts.

Defense attorney Mark Lipton says he intends to ask the judge to allow Rumbelow to leave Illinois as a condition of his bond.

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