June 29, 2016

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Man pleads no contest to $62K theft of guitars, clothes

MEDINA — An Elyria man pleaded no contest Monday to helping to steal almost $62,000 worth of guitars, music equipment and clothing from a Liverpool Township warehouse.

Stephen C. Bugg, 44, was found guilty to aiding in the theft of at least 20 electric guitars — each worth between $1,700 and $7,000 — and clothing from a CPS Delivery Systems warehouse where he worked.

Stephen C. Bugg

At that time, Medina County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said more arrests were expected. Colonius said Monday no more arrests have been made, but the case is still under investigation.

Bugg, who was arrested Dec. 20, was released from the county jail Dec. 25 on 10 percent of a $40,000 bond.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Bugg’s sentencing hearing for June 24 and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

As part of a plea deal, county Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said he didn’t intend to pursue prison time. It is not clear whether that meant the prosecutor would not ask for jail time.

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

David Gedrock, Bugg’s attorney, said he didn’t expect any talks on restitution because the stolen merchandise was returned.

Also in court Monday:

• Sean Reed, 47, of Cleveland, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and endangering children, second-degree felonies. He is scheduled for a July 17 jury trial.

Reed’s attorney asked the judge to consider lowering his client’s $80,000 bond. The judge agreed to reduce it, but only to $50,000, saying the charges were serious enough to merit a flight risk.

Reed has a 1996 drug possession conviction on his record.

• Lawrence Zornes, 45, of New Washington, pleaded not guilty to six counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, fourth-degree felonies. According to his April 26 indictment, Zornes is accused of attempting to get oxycodone — a narcotic.

Zornes told the judge this was his first offense and that he hadn’t used drugs since the end of March. He said he was on active duty in the military.

Zornes is free on 10 percent of a $20,000 bond. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 14.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.