Authorities arrest man they describe as "career criminal"

Authorities arrest man they describe as ‘career criminal’


Boardman Police and Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies say they hope a career criminal named Steven J. DiRenzo can be taken off the streets for a long time.

DiRenzo, 42, of Matthews Road, is in the county jail following his Tuesday arrest on receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence charges.

The investigation began when Boardman police were dispatched Tuesday morning to a Matthews Road Laundromat concerning a report of an unattended Jeep Cherokee parked in a yard adjacent to the Laundromat with its windows down.

The sheriff’s office had taken a report of that Jeep having been stolen a day earlier.

The recovery of the stolen vehicle led to police executing a search warrant for DiRenzo’s house next door, where they recovered a large quantity of jewelry, tools, radio equipment, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia, and identification cards belonging to possible burglary victims, according the Maj, Jeff Allen of the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff’s Detective Anthony Murphy later that day heard a radio news report of several home invasions in the Pulaski, Pa., area, with a description of the suspect’s vehicle matching one DiRenzo drove. Pennsylvania State Police have joined the investigation.

“We’ve dealt with him for 15 to 20 years. It seems like every several months, we end up arresting him for auto thefts or house burglaries or receiving stolen property or drug charges,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols. “He’s a career criminal,” the chief added.

“We would like him out of our hair, locked up, so he can’t be breaking into people’s houses,” Nicholas said.

DiRenzo’s Mahoning County criminal record includes being sentenced in October 2005 to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of drug trafficking and his being sentenced to five years in prison in June 2009 after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary with a firearm specification. He was granted judicial release in March 2011.

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