ATV thief accused of having crack cocaine

Area man already serving prison time for grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Cary Ashby
Sep 10, 2013


A former Willard man imprisoned for helping steal some four-wheelers was arraigned Monday on a new drug charge.

Ronald D. Ruff, 35, entered a "not guilty" plea to possession of cocaine base in connection with a June 19 traffic stop. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Sgt. Jason Demuth, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, stopped Ruff on Townline Road 12 by Keefer Street in Willard.

In July, Ruff was sentenced to 17 months in prison for grand theft of a motor vehicle. The conviction is for a Nov. 16, 2012 incident investigated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

"I never touched the four-wheelers; I just drove the truck," Ruff told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway in July. "I was running around with the wrong crowd."

Ruff also said he had been self-medicating on drugs, but that didn't excuse his behavior or the crimes he committed.

The defendant served 29 days in the Huron County Jail on the case. Ruff must pay $7,450 in restitution to the male victim.

As part of a June 4 plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of theft, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

Before the local case, Ruff finished serving 17 years in prison for an armed robbery in Detroit. He was 17 years old when he was convicted.

During Monday's hearing, the court appointed Curtis Koch to represent Ruff on the suspected crack cocaine case.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who handled the arraignment, said he couldn't represent Ruff because he represents the defendant's 40-year-old uncle, Randy Ruff, in another case.

Ruff is charged with three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle. Authorities have said the man is accused of stealing two pickup trucks and an all-terrain vehicle from Townline Road 111, Plymouth.

He and two male suspects were arrested without incident April 29 by the U.S. Border Patrol after reportedly attempting to remove tires from a stolen vehicle, authorities said. Ruff was booked at Detroit's 2nd Precinct and remains in custody on undisclosed charges.

Longo said Michigan authorities haven't been willing to extradite Ruff to Ohio.




What a scumbag. Isn't this like the fifth time this guy has been in jail? How does our prosecutor keep failing to put him behind bars??


@Truck in the very first article it said this guy was 34 years old. Went to prison when he was 17 years old for 17 years that equals 34, so how can he have been in jail 5 times? he was only on a 2 week vacation from prison aka his career LOL LOL


Before entering a court room each person should be judged on their chance to be a repeat offender, and based on that info they should be prosecuted harsher the higher chance they have! It would save a lot of money and time! Not to mention all the helpless and harmless people this effects!


I think it would work out better if the guy he robbed just shot him. Save all of us tax paying victims who actually own something worth stealing a lot of time, hassle, and money. Him and his uncle are prime examples of perfect, law-abiding citizens...........

Scranton Tibbs

Glad they are keeping this piece of garbage in Detroit. Maybe some justice will be served there.


I didn't touch the 4 wheelers....I just drove the getaway truck. Sounds like Clinton...I smoked weed...but never inhaled it.