‘Career Criminal’ Arrested in Boardman

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A man the Boardman police chief described as a “one man crime wave” is now behind bars.

Steven J. Direnzo, 41, was arrested on Tuesday after Boardman police detectives and Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department detectives pieced together several alleged crimes.

“We’ve dealt with him for 15 to 20 years. It seems like every several months we arrest him on auto thefts or house burglaries or recieving stolen properties,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.

This time, Direnzo is charged with tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

On Tuesday, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle out of Canfield Township. Boardman police eventually tracked it down to a parking lot at the corner of Mathews Road and South Avenue. Detectives from the two departments then reviewed surveillance video from the laundromat in the plaza where the car was found.

“From being on scene, they developed enough information to get a search warrant for a house next door,” said Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department Major Jeff Allen.

The house is where Direnzo lives. Inside, police found a large amount of jewelery, tools, radio equipment, narcotics and wallets.

Investigators said Direnzo actually pulled up to the home in a white truck while police were there. The truck fit the description of a vehicle used in several home invasions in western Pennsylvania.

“And just from one of our detectives on their way home from work that day listening to a radio station paying attention to detail and hearing about the break-ins in Pennsylvania,” said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.

Nichols said many of Direnzo’s past crimes were low-grade felonies, making it difficult to keep him in jail.

Direnzo also face home invasion charges out of Pennsylvania, which carry a longer sentence.

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