UPDATE: PCCC absconder has been apprehended

Joseph J. Renzi, 30, of Wilmington

The Delaware Department of Correction says that an inmate who absconded from the Plummer Community Correctional Center has been apprehended.

According to the report, Joseph Renzi, 30, of Wilmington, turned himself in to the Smyrna Police Department on Monday. Officials say it was at this time that they executed Renzi’s escape and conviction warrant. He was then apparently taken into custody and transported to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

See the original release below:


Authorities in Wilmington say they are searching for an inmate, who reportedly ran away.

The Plummer Community Corrections Center, in Wilmington, says that 30-year-old Joseph Renzi, was seen on security footage running westbound on 32nd Street, and then turned left southbound on Market Street.

Renzi is described by law enforcement as a male, standing 5’11”, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes. He also apparently has tattoos on his right arm and right hip. His last known address is reported as being in Wilmington, Delaware.

Officials say that Renzi’s location is unknown, and unauthorized at this time, so a warrant for escape and conviction has been issued. According to the report, Renzi’s current offense is violation of probation, and shoplifting less than $1000.

It is important to keep in mind that Community Corrections Centers are Level 4 facilities, where the Department of Correction manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community. So, these centers are not secured like Level 5 prisons, meaning offenders are permitted to the leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs or attend approved treatment sessions.

Officials ask that anyone with information on this offender should call 1-800-542-9524 or call your local police.

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