Alleged Guitar Thief Behind Bars

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An alleged guitar thief is behind bars after Medina County sheriff's deputies arrested him on a felony theft charge. 

Deputies aren’t saying if the man was a wannabe rock star but say he is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of guitars from his employer.

Stephen Bugg, 44, was arrested earlier this week by deputies after they found 20 electric guitars, clothing, and shoes at homes of two of his friends in Lorain County.

Bugg worked at CPS Warehouse in Medina County.  The company stores items that are to be delivered to outlet stores in the area.

“Some boxes have clothes in them and the value of one box is $1,000,” said Detective Samo Mernik. “The guitars range.  Some are $1,500 and some are $7,000.”

Detectives began the investigation about two weeks ago and they say it took them around nine hours to collect all the evidence from the two homes.  Officials say Bugg began working for the company in April.

“We believe, and the company believes, that probably it has been occurring for probably the last six months if not longer and the company believes the loss is probably over $100,000,” said Det. Sgt. Kevin Ross.

Detectives say they are not sure what Bugg was planning to do with the goods.

“All indications was he was just storing it, not sure what he was going to do with it,” Ross said. “You figure he would try to sell the stuff to make a profit but that didn’t happen.”

The case is still being investigated and detectives tell us it is likely additional arrests could be made soon.

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