Youngstown man accused of breaking into Boardman home, shoplifting
A Youngstown man is accused of breaking into a Boardman home, as well as shoplifting merchandise from a local Home Depot.
Boardman Police were dispatched to a home on Tippecanoe Road Tuesday morning just after 8:30 a.m. in reference to a burglary in progress.
Police say the homeowner observed the suspect, later identified as 57-year-old Randall Vecchio in his living room via the Simply Safe app on his phone. The homeowner told police that the house was under construction and no one was supposed to be inside.
Upon arriving at the home, police noticed the sliding glass back porch door had been forced open and the door leading from the back porch to the interior of the home was left unlocked.
Police then shouted over a megaphone for whoever was in the house to come out but got no response. When police entered the home, they did not find anyone inside.
The homeowner arrived on the scene and showed officers the security video from his phone showing Vecchio entering the living room followed by the home security alarm going off and the suspect disabling the security camera.
The homeowner did not observe any personal belongings missing upon examining the house, however, the locking mechanism and flange to the sliding glass door had been damaged along with the security camera totaling an estimated $600 in damages.
The following day, police were dispatched to the Home Depot on South Avenue in reference to a theft. Police say while serving an active warrant on Vecchio's arrest, they observed a brand-new John Deere riding mower, along with an LG portable air conditioning unit.
Police say a loss prevention officer in the store had a John Deere mower stolen within the past few hours.
A store employee told police that a cage where customers' delivery orders are stored was broken into earlier in the day confirming that the mower was stolen from there.
Police say there was a home depot delivery receipt on the mower in Vecchio's possession, however, the air conditioning unit was not stolen from the store.
When questioned on where he got the mower, Vecchio told police he "borrowed" it but refused to say who it was borrowed from. He told the police that he did pay for the air conditioner.
Vecchio is currently in the Mahoning County Jail with charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Breaking and Entering. A bond has not been set at this time.