Ex-band director arraigned on theft charges

Ex-band director arraigned on theft charges

URBANA — The former University of Illinois director of bands, accused of stealing instruments from the UI, has been ordered to be back in court Nov. 12.

Robert Rumbelow, 48, formerly of Champaign and now living in Texas, made a brief appearance in county court in Urbana Tuesday afternoon, where he was arraigned on two counts of theft over $10,000.

One count alleges the theft during June 2012 of four Selmer Paris contra alto clarinets, valued at $5,500 each. The other count alleges that on June 25, 2012, he stole clarinets, cornets, French horns, trombones and saxophones belonging to the UI.

Authorities alleged he took the money he received from the sales and put it in his personal bank account. Rumbelow, who had held the band director's post since 2010, repaid the money at the time of his resignation last month.

Judge Richard Klaus ordered that Rumbelow be allowed to remain free on his own recognizance. However, he denied a request by Rumbelow's lawyer, Mark Lipton of Champaign, to modify Rumbelow's bond so that he can travel to Poland on business in November.

Klaus told Lipton he would have to ask Circuit Judge Thomas Difanis to rule on that request because Difanis will be handling the criminal case.

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