Hubbard man pleads to statue theft

Richard Couturiaux
Richard Couturiaux

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A Hubbard man accused of stealing a 4-foot brass veteran’s memorial statue pleaded guilty to several charges on Tuesday.

Richard Couturiaux, 31, of Hubbard, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to charges of receiving stolen property, vandalism and two counts of desecration.

Prosecutors, according to the plea agreement, will recommend an 18-month prison sentence. Judge Andrew Logan is scheduled to sentence Couturiaux on Aug. 20.

Girard police arrested Couturiaux on a warrant after police said he stole a 4-foot brass statue of a soldier from the Mahoning Valley Memorial Park in Youngstown.

Police said he gave his real name on a receipt when he took the statue to a Girard junk yard. He was paid $25 for the statue. The statue was valued at $36,000.

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