Ex-U of I band director arraigned on theft charges
URBANA (AP) -- The former University of Illinois director of bands has pleaded
not guilty to charges he stole and sold the school's instruments, then pocketed
News-Gazette reports that 48-year-old Robert Rumbelow was arraigned Tuesday in
Champaign County Circuit Court. He has requested a jury trial.
Prosecutors say Rumbelow
sold clarinets valued at $5,500 each to a Nashville,
Tenn., school district last June,
then put the money in his personal bank account.
They also claim that
clarinets, cornets, French horns, trombones and saxophones belonging to the
university and delivered to Rumbelow disappeared last June. Prosecutors say
they don't know what happened to those instruments.
Rumbelow repaid the
money when he resigned last month. He'd held the band director's post since