November 27, 2014


Former Elyria worker who stole siren systems sentenced

Nicholas Cerreto

Nicholas Cerreto

ELYRIA — A former Elyria city worker who stole siren control systems and other city property was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison.

Nicholas Cerreto, 34, pleaded no contest in June to charges of theft and theft in office.

Cerreto left his job as a communications technician with the city in May 2013, to take a job with WEOL-930 AM, which is owned by the same parent company as The Chronicle-Telegram, although the theft wasn’t discovered until a month later. Cerreto was later fired by the radio station.

Elyria police reported that other city workers noticed the missing components when they went to fix a broken siren system in a police car. The investigation found that Cerreto was selling stolen city property, including the siren control systems, which were valued at $625 each.

Police also reported finding stolen city property at Cerreto’s LaGrange home.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi ordered Cerreto to repay the city $58,598 during Monday’s hearing.


  • Chan

    After it’s interpreted by the CT commentators, this too will some how be tied to Obama.

    • golfingirl

      You can blame it on Obama, but he will just turn around and blame it on Bush anyway.

      • Kit

        …..who will blame it on Clinton who will blame it on Bush who will blame it on…….. well, you get the point.

  • bigmacky

    34? wow he looks awful for 34 – maybe 44+ and really how much do used or even new sirens sell for? was it worth it? now you go to jail – who is going to hire you when you get released? right – no one – so who will pay for you? we will – the taxpayer – again

    • Pablo Jones

      No the city will probably hire him again. It wouldn’t be fair to use a persons past against him. I’ll bet he’ll update his resume to say he worked in the prison for those 18 months.

  • GreatRedeemer

    He will be back for his expungement hearing in a few years. I think 18 months is a very appropriate punishment.

  • 2Cents

    Evidently Mr. Cerreto didn’t pay his union dues. The good news is he can probably get a job in maintenance with the county.

    • Sandra Lynn Breeden

      He quit his job with the city, they didn’t fire him. He may serve 18 months but the people who were directly affected by this will serve a lifetime. I wish I could say more but pending divorce keeps me quiet. Want to know the truth, Sept 5 is my final hearing.