February 13, 2016


Former Elyria worker faces theft charges

Nicholas Cerreto

Nicholas Cerreto

ELYRIA — A former city worker has been indicted on charges of theft in office and theft for allegedly stealing siren control systems that were supposed to be installed in Elyria police vehicles.

Nicholas Cerreto, 33, had resigned from his job as a communications technician before the equipment, valued at nearly $19,000, was discovered missing in June.

Elyria police have said that technicians had gone to replace a broken siren system on a police car and found the needed components were gone. That prompted an investigation in which police discovered that Cerreto was offering stolen city property for sale on the Internet.

They also said that stolen equipment was discovered during a search of his LaGrange home.

Cerreto had left the city in May for a job with WEOL, a local AM radio station owned and operated by the same parent company as The Chronicle-Telegram. He was fired from that job after the allegations against him surfaced.