Months after prison release, Girard man arrested for coin machine break-in
The past has caught up with a Girard man who recently was released from prison after serving prison time for breaking and entering in Trumbull County.
David Perna, 38, remained in the Mahoning County jail Monday following his arrest last week on a warrant issued in Austintown for allegedly breaking into coin machines at a South Raccoon Road Laundromat nearly a year and a half ago.
According to a police report, Perna is charged with theft, possessing criminal tools, and tampering with coin machines in connection with the December 17, 2021, break-in at the Washing Well Laundry, where $300 in change was taken.
Perna, who also has an address in Farrell, Pennsylvania, is the same man arrested in March of last year following a police chase that ended with a crash in Brookfield.
After entering a plea of guilty to breaking and entering in Trumbull County Court, Perna was sentenced to 9 months in prison.
Perna did not surrender to police on the Austintown charges when he finished his prison sentence this past December, as expected by prosecutors.
Instead, Perna was arrested by Niles Police last week on the Austintown warrant.
Perna was booked into the Mahoning County jail and scheduled for a court hearing on Monday afternoon.