Jason James Luthi and Megan Justina Bobb

Pair nabbed in Ruch school burglary

Two Jacksonville residents are accused of twice burglarizing Ruch Elementary, and police believe there are other victims.

Jason James Luthi, 37, and Megan Justina Bobb, 28, both of the first block of Dunlap Avenue, were arraigned Wednesday afternoon on burglary and theft charges alleging they took several articles of clothing and a potted plant from the school in break-ins captured on surveillance video.

Luthi is accused of stealing a potted plant valued at $25 from the school, and Bobb is accused of taking multiple coats valued at $200 from a school equipment room in break-ins that occurred Sept. 25 and Oct. 1.

Detectives made a traffic stop on Bobb Tuesday near their home, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, leading to a search of their home that yielded no stolen property, but which found several articles of clothing and shoes that matched the clothing worn by the pair in surveillance video.

Luthi was also arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of second-degree theft in relation to the Nov. 12 theft of a leaf blower in the 100 block of Lomas Road, according to court records.

On Wednesday afternoon, Luthi was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $20,000 bail, and Bobb was lodged on $12,500 bail.

Luthi and Bobb have no prior felony convictions. Luthi's only prior felony arrest was in 1998 on a felony count of attempting to elude police, but he ultimately pleaded down to misdemeanor for reckless driving.

Police said they believe the pair have been involved in other Ruch area burglaries between September and November, and Jackson County sheriff's detectives are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 541-774-8333.

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