May 24, 2016


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.