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Elyria man receives probation for thefts


MEDINA — A 45-year-old Elyria man convicted of stealing $125,000 worth of guitars and musical equipment from a Liverpool Township warehouse will spend three years on probation. But it’s unclear whether he will pay restitution.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled a hearing in two weeks to discuss the question of restitution from Stephen C. Bugg, who pleaded no contest in May to theft.

The charge is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1½ years behind bars.

Bugg is accused of stealing musical equipment from CPS Delivery Systems, where he worked. His former coworker, 50-year-old William Osiek, pleaded no contest to an identical charge in September and was sentenced to a year of probation last week.

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said Bugg’s plea change was part of an agreement.

“The agreement was we wouldn’t seek prison, but he would pay restitution,” Salisbury said. “They deserve to be paid back for what he stole.”

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