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Theft of karaoke machine strikes sour note with Naperville cops


Humberto Coyt

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If convicted, perhaps they’ll serenade their cellmates with a karaoke version of “In The Jailhouse Now.”

A man and a woman were free on bond and awaiting trial after Naperville Police said they tried to steal a karaoke machine on loan to Naperville North High School.

Humberto Coyt, 43, and Elizabeth Coyt, 19, of Aurora, face trial on misdemeanor charges of theft and knowingly damaging property.

Naperville police reports indicate they were arrested about 5:45 a.m. April 21 just outside the high school at 899 N. Mill St.

Sgt. Lou Cammiso said they had been delivering newspapers in the area in the Humberto Coyt’s pickup truck.

“The karaoke machine and other amusement games were just moved outside, so they [could] be picked up by the rental company” that had supplied them to the school, Cammiso wrote in an email. The Coyts allegedly “decided to try and load the machine into their pickup truck and damaged it in the process,” he said.

An employee of the amusement rental company who was on the scene witnessed the alleged theft and called police, Cammiso said. He told police the Coyts dropped and damaged the $5,500 machine while trying to get it into the truck.

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