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‘Cooperative’ Rorabough pleads guilty in theft ring case

KENTON — One of the three men being held for being part of a ring of thieves left his two co-defendants behind in jail Monday.



Jasin Rorabough pleaded guilty in Hardin County Common Pleas Court to one charge of receiving stolen property and came to an agreement with the prosecutor’s office which would allow him to avoid prison.

Rorabough, along with Aaron Sells and Michael Moore, were arrested in late November after several hundred stolen items were recovered at a farmhouse north of Ridgeway. Some of the items were reported missing from as far away as Cincinnati and Columbus and many were buried in the area surrounding the house.

Moore and Sells were arraigned last week for multiple counts including receiving stolen property, grand theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Each faces a possible sentence of several decades in prison, but Rorabough has cooperated with law enforcement officers and the prosecutor’s office in their case against Sells and Moore, said Prosecutor Brad Bailey.

The single charge against Rorabough, said Bailey, comes from the fact two firearms were recovered at his home in Union County. The prosecutor said Rorabough had secured the firearms as security for assisting Sells and Moore.

“He admitted he got them from Moore, who in turn, had gotten them from Sells,” said Bailey.

Following the hearing, Bailey said Rorabough’s part in the criminal activities was not as involved as that of Sells and Moore.

Since his arrest, Rorabough has been “very cooperative and honest” with investigators, said Bailey. He asked Judge William Hart, who is hearing the case on assignment following his retirement, to sentence Rorabough to community control for one year in exchange for his continued cooperation in the case against Moore and Sells.

Hart ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Rorabough, who was released on a $5,000 recognizance bond. His sentencing is set for 10 a.m. March 6.

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