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Two found not guilty in karaoke machine theft case

A man and a woman from Aurora have been acquitted of charges of trying to steal a karaoke machine last spring that had been moved outside Naperville North High School for return to a rental company.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge William I. Ferguson declared Humberto Coyt and Elizabeth Coyt not guilty of the individual, misdemeanor charges of theft that were filed following the April 21 incident, according to court records.

Ferguson did, however, convict them of individual, misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property, records showed. The judge on Monday ordered both to perform 30 hours of community service work and placed them on a year of supervision, records indicated.

Humberto Coyt, 44, and Elizabeth Coyt, 19, live at the same address in Aurora, but records did not indicate the relationship between them. They were arrested about 5:45 a.m. that day outside the school, at 899 N. Mill St.

Police in April said they had been delivering newspapers that morning in the elder Coyt’s pickup truck. They reportedly also work as scavengers.

The truck eventually neared the school, where a special student activity had been held the night before.

Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said the karaoke machine and other amusements and games “were just moved outside, so they (could) be picked up by the rental company” that had supplied them. The Coyts “decided to try and load the machine into their pickup truck, and damaged it in the process,” Cammiso said.

A rental company employee saw the Coyts and called police. Cammiso said the worker told police the Coyts dropped and damaged the machine, valued at $5,500, while trying to get it onto the truck bed.

Humberto Coyt “indicated he was a scrapper” but offered no other explanation to police, Cammiso said.

An examination of court documents revealed neither Humberto Coyt nor Elizabeth Coyt had a prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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