SOUTHINGTON - Three people were caught inside the former home of one-time heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson - and one of them took souvenirs, deputies said.
Trumbull County sheriff's deputies were called about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to the former Tyson estate, 3737 state Route 534 on a report of people being on the property.
They found Bridget Gregori, 20, of Chesterland, and James Nagy, 30, and Anton Walton, no age available, both of Willoughby, inside, according to the Sheriff's Office report.
The deputies took all three outside but Gregori said she left her purse in a bathroom. When asked, she told a deputy she had a marijuana pipe inside, the report states.
The deputy said he found the pipe plus two pieces of a crystal chandelier from the house inside her purse.
Gregori was arrested and taken to the Trumbull County Jail on the charges of theft, criminal trespass and drug paraphernalia.
Nagy and Walton each were issued a summons for criminal trespass and released.
Tyson, when he was heavyweight champion, bought the 25,000-square-foot mansion for $300,000 at a 1989 sheriff's sale. It was reported to have an underground swimming pool shaped like a boxing glove, a bowling alley and five bathrooms.
Tyson used the home while training at boxing promoter Don King's camp off Route 45 in Orwell, and Tyson returned to his Southington abode when his six-year prison sentence for a rape conviction ended in 1995. He moved to one of his other homes after Southington Township trustees would not allow him to keep his pet tigers on the property.
The house was sold to Paul Monea in 1999 for $1.3 million and has remained largely unoccupied since. Monea went to prison in 2004 for tax evasion, leaving the fortress-like estate to weeds.
Monea, of Alliance, was listed federal indictment in 2007 claiming that he and another man proposed to use the house as a front to launder millions in drug money. He was convicted of three counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and sentenced to 150 months in prison, according to court records.
The 22-room home was first built by former Trumbull County Commissioner Ted Vannelli in 1980 on a wooded lot with three ponds, but he lost it to foreclosure.
The Trumbull County Auditor's Office website lists Ron Hemelgarn of Toledo as the current owner and the vale of the property at more than $2.3 million. The estate is listed at 58 acres. The estate originally was listed at 65 acres.