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UPDATE: Bonds set, attorneys appointed for theft ring suspects

Three men from the southern part of Hardin County suspected of robbing homes across several counties were arraigned Monday on charges of receiving stolen property.

Hardin County Municipal Court Judge Greg Grimslid set bond at $50,000 for Michael Moore of Mt. Victory and Aaron Sells and Jasin Rorabough, both of Ridgeway.

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If convicted, the men face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of as much as $5,000.

The men appeared in court Monday morning via closed circuit TV from the Multi-County Jail in Marion County, where each has been held since their arrests last week.

Hardin County was joined by law enforcement officers from Kenton, Ada, Union, Logan and Marion counties in collecting the several hundred items suspected to have been stolen by the trio and stored or buried in a home north of Ridgeway.

Sells was the first to appear before Grimslid and asked to be released on an own recognizance bond so he could spend Christmas with his wife and daughter. Prosecutor Brad Bailey said he believes Sells is a flight risk since he has previous convictions of petty theft and breaking-and-entering.

Grimslid set bond at $50,000.

Sells said he had no money for legal representation. His only income was welfare and food stamps, he told Grimslid. He was ruled to be indigent and Grimslid appointed Sue Fitzgerald to represent Sells in court.

Moore and Rorabough each requested own recognizance bonds to spend Christmas with their families. The judge rejected their requests and imposed a $50,000 bond.

Each told Grimslid they were unemployed. Moore had convictions for theft, burglary and breaking-and-entering in Hardin and Marion counties, Bailey said. His court-appointed attorney is Linda Hinton.

Rorabough’s appointed attorney will be Scott Johnson.

A pre-trial is scheduled for Dec. 6 for each defendant.

Additional charges against the three men and charges against others involved are anticipated.

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