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08-12-2013, 07:45 AM
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New York man with autism arrested 29 times for nabbing buses, trains
Published August 12, 2013

June 14, 2008: New York City Police Department plain clothes officers escort Darius McCollum, center, after his arrest for sneaking into a subway station wearing clothing that resembled a transit worker's uniform. Since he was a teenager, he's been arrested for crimes that include piloting a subway train, stealing a bus and donning uniforms to pose as a conductor and even track worker. His most recent arrest was in 2010, where he was caught behind the wheel of Trailways passenger bus on the highway that leads to Kennedy International Airport. He’s been jailed, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property and will be sentenced Aug. 15, 2013.

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08-12-2013, 07:52 PM
I wonder what genius diagnosed this nigger with da autism? We call it just good old fashioned TNB!! Autism, whatever!!!

The Bobster
08-15-2013, 04:35 PM
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Longtime mass transit thief given Asperger's rehab as part of plea deal
Last Updated: 4:12 PM, August 15, 2013
Posted: 4:11 PM, August 15, 2013

A compulsive, middle-aged, mass-transit impersonator who's been swiping city subway trains and buses to go on joyrides since age 15 received a plea deal today that includes rehab for his Asperger's syndrome.

"This is the first time ever that the prosecutors and the defense have agreed that Darius has this disease :rolleyes:," said Sally Butler, the lawyer for Darius McCollum, outside court.

McCollum, 48, was facing up to 15 years in prison for his 26th arrest for impersonating a transit worker when he stole a Trailway bus from a Hoboken, N.J., station and drove it to Queens in August 2010.

Darius McCollum, 48, has stolen city buses and trains for more than 30 years.

McCollum was busted by police near Hoover Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway after he picked up flight attendants and dropped them off at Kennedy Airport -- following the designated bus route.

He's had a history of slipping into transit facilities as far back as 1981, when as a teenager, he famously conducted an E train several stops to its terminal at the World Trade Center.

"He sees the MTA as his family. We have to train him to let him know, 'No, they're not your family,' and for him to fully understand his Asperger's," said Reynaldo Cusicanqui, a specialist who worked with Butler on developing the deal.

As part of the plea, Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron sentenced McCollum to up to two-and-a-half to five years in prison for one-count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property -- and the voluntary rehab afterward.

McCollum is expected to go before a parole board before the year is out.

Butler gave her client a good-luck pat on the back as he was shuffled back to Riker's Island to serve his sentence.

The Bobster
10-16-2014, 03:57 PM

Transit-obsessed felon in jail again after violating parole
By Matt McNulty
October 16, 2014 | 2:46am

Darius McCollum after a 2012 arrest.
Photo: Ellis Kaplan

A transit-obsessed felon busted for stealing a bus and menacing the city’s subway system is back in jail after violating parole last month, a corrections source confirmed Thursday.

Cops arrested Darius McCollum, 49, in Queens after he failed to meet with his parole officer in September. This was the second time McCollum had skipped out on a mandatory meeting with parole officer this year since his release last December, a police source said.

McCollum’s rap sheet dates back to the 1980’s when he was caught operating an E train in Manhattan when he was only 15 years old.

He was sentenced for his sixth prison stint in 2010 after stealing a bus in New Jersey. Cops say he was caught on his way to JFK Airport, and ended up serving a little over three years in state prison.

McCollum was released on Christmas Eve for his bus-stealing stunt, which was one of nearly 30 transit-related arrests McCollum has wracked up, according to a police source familiar with the transit-obsessed felon.

McCollum remains at Rikers Island, where he awaits a Queens judge’s decision whether or not to send him back to state prison.

The Bobster
11-11-2015, 03:30 PM

Serial transit thief stole Greyhound bus: police
By Shawn Cohen
November 11, 2015 | 5:47pm

Darius McCollum (right in 2012) allegedly stole this Greyhound bus on Nov. 11. Photo: Dennis A. Clark; Ellis Kaplan

Infamous subway thief Darius McCollum is back, again.

The joy-rider who has spent more than a third of his life in jail for transit-related crimes in the city was busted in Brooklyn Wednesday driving a stolen Greyhound bus after he was spotted by two keen-eyed cops, police sources said.

The cops were on patrol in Park Slope around 4 p.m. when they heard a crackle over a city-wide radio channel notifying lawmen that the tour bus had been stolen in New Jersey and may be on its way to the city.

Then they saw a tour bus barrel past them, the source said.

They pulled the vehicle over and it turned out to be the stolen bus from Jersey.

“I’m stealing a plane next :rolleyes:,” McCollum told detectives who questioned him.

The Bobster
11-12-2015, 09:53 AM

Man loves buses and trains so much, he can’t stop stealing them
By Shawn Cohen, Tina Moore and Larry Celona
November 11, 2015 | 5:47pm

Darius McCollum smiles as he is walked out of the 78th precinct after he allegedly stole this Greyhound bus on Nov. 11. Photo: Dennis Clark (2)

A subway-obsessed thief infamous for his transit-related crimes was busted in Brooklyn Wednesday for stealing a Greyhound bus from the Port Authority depot, police sources said.

“I’m stealing a plane next,” Darius McCollum, 50, allegedly told detectives who took him in for questioning after he was found with the stolen bus at the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street in Gowanus.

Two cops from the 78th Precinct were on patrol at about 4 p.m. when they received a city-wide radio message alerting them that the bus had been stolen.

They then saw a bus barreling north on Third Avenue and pulled over the empty vehicle, which had plate numbers matching the ones they’d been given, sources said.

The driver turned out to be McCollum, who has been arrested 29 times for various transit-related offenses, sources said.

Charges against McCollum, who was wearing a badge on his shirt when he was apprehended, were still pending as of early Wednesday evening.

The bus arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal from Philadelphia at 11 a.m. and was due to head out for Richmond, Va., at 2:15 p.m. Greyhound realized it was missing at about 1:30 p.m. and alerted the MTA, which called the cops, police said.

McCollum’s lifelong love for city transit systems started when he was a youngster growing up in Queens, where he befriended a subway motorman who let him hang out in the crew room at 179th Street F-train terminal.

His rap sheet dates all the way back to the 1980s when he was busted at the age of 15 for driving a passenger-filled E train from 34th St.-Penn Station to the World Trade Center.

Since then, he has impersonated a subway worker, driven a bus from a Harlem depot to Queens Village and gotten behind the wheel of a subway repair truck.

In 2010, McCollum was *arrested for swiping a Trailways bus from a depot in Hoboken, NJ. He was caught on his way to JFK Airport.

McCollum served just over three years for the crime after taking a plea deal, which allowed him to enter a cognitive-behavioral-therapy program.

His lawyers have said his repeated arrests stem in part from Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder.

McCollum’s parole prohibited him from operating “any motor vehicle,” but ended this past Aug. 24.

“By curiosity, I was wondering if there are any people out there who may like trains or are even just train buffs,” he wrote on his Facebook page in September. “It’s a passion of mine.”

The Bobster
11-13-2015, 09:59 AM

Serial transit thief should be hired as a consultant: lawyer
By Gillian Kleiman
November 13, 2015 | 2:42am

Darius McCollum is walked out of the 78th precinct. Photo: Dennis A. Clark

The lawyer for a serial transit thief who was busted this week for taking a Greyhound bus for a joy ride insisted on Thursday that her client is an “excellent driver’’ — and the city should hire him as a security consultant. :rolleyes:

Sally Butler, who is repping transit nut Darius McCollum, said he has actually helped the state, FBI and NYPD by pointing out security flaws in the city’s transportation system. :rolleyes:

“He walked with them through the system, showing them where things were vulnerable. And obviously, he still knows them,” Butler said outside Brooklyn Criminal Court, where McCollum was awaiting arraignment in his latest vehicle heist.

“If anyone can walk up in Port Authority and steal a bus, do you think we need some assistance?”

Butler has represented McCollum, who has Asperger’s syndrome, in many of his 29 other arrests for transit-related thefts.

The bus- and subway-obsessed man was busted again Wednesday for allegedly swiping a bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and driving it through Brooklyn before getting caught.

“The city should be embarrassed if these allegations are true. Shame on them,” Butler said. “What if they acknowledge what skill he has and utilize it?

“Here’s a guy that obviously they need some help from, and instead, he’s going to be sitting in Rikers Island for a couple years wasting everyone’s money.”

The Bobster
01-28-2016, 08:55 AM

Serial transit thief found fit to testify despite developmental disability
By Emily Saul
January 27, 2016 | 11:15pm

Darius McCollum
Photo: Stephen Yang

A notorious bus and train thief who suffers from a developmental disability and a fascination for planes, trains, and automobiles has been found fit to testify before a grand jury in his most recent case.

Darius McCollum — who has been nabbed nearly 30 times for transportation related offenses — most recently jacked a Greyhound bus from a Port Authority depot in November, police have said.

In the past, McCollum, who has the autism spectrum disorder Asperger’s Syndrome, has in the past impersonated a subway worker, driven a bus from Harlem to Queens Village, and steered passenger- filled E train from Penn Station to the World Trade Center.

Bail has been set at $50,000, and McCollum remains behind bars. His next court appearance is March 21.​