A civil lawsuit has been filed in connection with the theft of grain from the Pettisville Grain Company.
Documents naming Tim Saunders and Tyler Gray as defendants in the case were filed Thursday, Sept. 4, in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
Saunders, 30, rural Archbold, entered a no-contest plea Aug. 5 to a charge of misdemeanor theft in Fulton County Western District Court.
He is serving a 90-day jail term at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
He was convicted of stealing grain from PGC while he was an employee. The thefts took place March 6-24.
Gray, 31, Archbold, was indicted by the Fulton County Grand Jury on a charge of grand theft on Aug. 18.
The case against Gray is pending. He is free on his own recognizance.
The civil suit, filed on behalf of PGC, alleges Saunders and Gray “acting jointly and in concert, converted and stole grain from plaintiff’s grain elevators in Fulton County, commencing approximately April of 2013 until approximately April of 2014.”
The suit further alleges, “After having stolen the grain, defendants sold this grain through various elevators and outlets for the total sum of over $127,697.90, which money the defendants kept.”
The suit alleges, “As a direct result of this theft, defendants are liable to plaintiff for the sum of $127,697.90.”
The suit demands a judgment against Saunders and Gray for the $127,697.90 plus interest and court costs.
As part of his sentence in Western District Court, Saunders was not fined, but was required to pay $438 in court costs, perform 120 hours of community service, and placed on two years probation.
He also was ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution.