Man jailed on charges of theft, forgery

A Sandusky man was arrested for allegedly stealing, signing and cashing checks from his grandfather.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 8, 2013


Christopher Ruff, 34, 1000 block Perry St., was charged with felony forgery, burglary and two counts of theft.

Ruff was picked up on a theft warrant for allegedly stealing 10 suboxone pills on Monday, but when detectives questioned him, he also admitted stealing the checks from his grandfather, according to a Sandusky police report.

On Oct. 26, Ruff’s mother went to Sandusky police after she learned her son had stolen checks from her 76-year-old father, the report said.

When she checked her father’s account activity, she discovered eight checks had been written out to her son. She also noted how the handwriting and signatures on those checks were different that her father’s writing, the report said.

Ruff copped to the forgeries and said he’d already cashed the checks, the report said.

Ruff was taken to the Erie County jail and held on $50,000 bond.



This is terrible. Theft from the elderly is just heinous. Hopefully Chris gets himself back on the up and up and pays his grandfather back. Narcotics addiction is a life long battle!

Julie R.

When are these scum bags going to learn if you want to criminally defraud the elderly in Erie County you must have the assistance of attorneys, financial institutions and county public officials.


'...signatures on those checks were different that her father’s writing, the report said.'

proofreading is important!

Julie R.

Gee, I wonder who the judge will be that handles this? The Honorable Beverly McGookey or Roger Binette, maybe?