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Gilbert football coach cleared in booster club theft case

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Gilbert police said coach Tim Rutt is listed as a suspect in a case involving possible theft from the school's booster club. (Source: CBS 5 News) Gilbert police said coach Tim Rutt is listed as a suspect in a case involving possible theft from the school's booster club. (Source: CBS 5 News)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

Gilbert High School's football coach has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the reported theft of $2,000 from the school's booster club.

Head coach Tim Rutt was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, district officials said.

But after reviewing the allegations, Gilbert school district officials said no crime was ever committed and Rutt was cleared.

Gilbert police on Aug. 17 said Rutt was listed as a suspect in a case involving the possible theft of about $2,000 from the school's booster club.

According to Sgt. Jesse Sanger, a member of the high school's human resource department noticed a discrepancy. That person then notified a school resources officer, who filed the report.

CBS 5 News reached out to Rutt at his home and by email, but he did not want to speak.

Dr. Alexander Nardone, the district's chief of staff, released the following statement after the theft was discovered:

"Gilbert Public Schools strives to communicate with the public on important issues that may impact the educational process. We do have a staff member, Mr. Tim Rutt, placed on administrative leave with pay. However, at this time we are unable to comment further since we are beginning a thorough investigation into the matter. This is for the protection of the school organization and the individual involved. We will be able to comment once the investigation is completed."

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