LISBON - One of two men charged with theft and criminal tools after being found with numerous stolen batteries in a vehicle in late August appeared before County Municipal Court Judge Carol Ann Robb on Thursday.
Bruce Pierce, 32, Annesley Road, East Liverpool, pleaded no contest to the first degree misdemeanor charges and was subsequently fined $350, sentenced to five days jail, placed on one year probation and ordered to perform 40 hours community service.
Pierce had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 31, but reached the plea agreement after speaking with his attorney, Constance Witt.
He is already on probation through the county common pleas court and has prior convictions for theft and drug offenses.
In August, he and Kyle Thrasher, 32, Valley Road, Salem, were found by sheriff's deputies on state Route 45 near the County Career Center with the stolen batteries after Don Ketchum, Applegate Road, Lisbon, reported to the sheriff's department he had just chased a black Grand Am into the Lisbon area after seeing someone steal a battery in his yard.
Thrasher was driving the vehicle and deputies saw the tools visible in the front passenger area. The batteries, which were taken from vehicles and tractors, were found inside the trunk.
Thrasher appeared before Judge Mark Frost in municipal court on Sept. 6 and was also sentenced for the charges after pleading no contest. His review hearing was set for Nov. 29.