July 23, 2016

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Indictment made in $61,000 theft case

MEDINA — A Medina County grand jury indicted an Elyria man Friday in a case involving more than $61,000 worth of stolen guitars, music equipment and clothing from a Liverpool Township warehouse.

Stephen C. Bugg, 44, of 149 Clark St., Elyria, is facing a fourth-degree felony theft charge, punishable by up to six to 18 months in prison if he’s found guilty.

Stephen C. Bugg

Bugg is accused of helping to steal at least 20 electric guitars — each valued at between $1,700 and $7,000 — and 25 pairs of shoes or boots, socks and dozens of sweatshirts and T-shirts from CPS Delivery Systems, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Bugg was arrested by sheriff’s detectives Dec. 20 in Lorain County.

Detectives recovered $61,955.29 worth of merchandise during searches of two Lorain County houses — one in Lorain and another in Oberlin. The searches lasted about nine hours over a two-day period in mid-December.

Medina County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said Wednesday four Nook e-readers were recovered — two from residences in Lorain County and two from Cuyahoga County — toward the end of December believed to be property of the CPS warehouse. However, authorities are not sure whether the stolen devices are related to Bugg’s case, he noted.

Other suspects are being investigated in the CPS Delivery case, and dozens more e-readers appear to be missing from the warehouse, Colonius said.

“We’re looking at all possible leads based on where evidence takes us,” Colonius said. “It looks like a lot of fingers extend out from Liverpool Township.”

Bugg was released from the Medina County Jail on Dec. 25 after posting 10 percent of his $40,000 bond, Colonius said.

A 9 a.m. Feb. 4 arraignment is scheduled for Bugg before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier, according to court records.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.