Rare coin theft buys man four years in prison

WARREN — A Warren man Wednesday received a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of felony charges linked to the February break-in and theft of valuable coins from a Girard home.

Frank D. Penezich, 29, of 154 Maryland St. NW, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who told the defendant he was not eligible for probation because of two previous felony convictions.

Penezich was arrested Feb. 22 after he and a woman were found at a Niles plaza business trying to sell coins. A Girard police report states they had various bags of coins in their possession as well as a box. The items fit the description of coins, worth between $8,000 and $10,000 stolen the day before from a home in the 300 block of Mosier Road in Girard, the report states.

Also stolen was a steel jewelry rack containing costume jewelry, a police report states.

Both Penezich and Ashlee Johnson confessed to the crimes, the report states, with Penezich admitting to kicking open the front door and Johnson admitting to knowing where the collection was located in the house. Johnson had lived at the Mosier Road home, the report states, but was kicked out for stealing items previously. Both admitted to police to having a “substantial” heroin habit, the report states.

Johnson, 19, who is in custody at the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of posting $25,000 bond, pleaded guilty July 11 to grand theft and burglary charges and and will be sentenced Tuesday by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan, court records show.

Penezich pleaded guilty June 14 to charges of grand theft and burglary, records show. Also, the defendant was sentenced in March to one year in prison after he failed out of Trumbull County Drug Court after an aggravated drug possession conviction in 2016.