Thief loves trains and buses

9/1/2010:

Mass transit vehicles turn Darius McCollum on!

Darius McCollum has a long history of arrests for meddling with trains and buses in the NYC Tri-State area.

The man who seemingly has a penchant for stealing 60-ton trains and taking them on joy rides was arrested this week – for taking a bus from a Hoboken lot uptown – and just tooling around with it in Manhattan.

The NY Daily News said:

“Darius McCollum , whose mass transit misdeeds include 26 arrests over the last 30 years, was busted driving a stolen bus on the Van Wyck Expressway on Tuesday morning, police said. McCollum, 45, of Harlem, was behind the wheel of the empty Trailways bus when he was stopped near Exit 10 in Queens by the NYPD at about 9:15 a.m., police said.

The cops were responding to a call from New York state police about a bus stolen from a maintenance facility in Hoboken, NJ. A bus dispatcher checking the GPS found the vehicle was off-site and driving in New York City, said Trailways vice president Anne Noonan. Police tracked the bus using its GPS, and McCollum was arrested without incident on the northbound Van Wyck. He was charged with grand larceny auto and possession of stolen property, police said.

City transit officials, well-acquainted with McCollum’s obsession, said its employees had been “on the lookout for this career transit worker wannabe.”

See the full story here – as well as a 2004 report that a shrink called McCollum “loco” here.

Question: If Mr. McCollum has been so consistent for 26 years – why doesn’t a transit company just hire the damn guy? No one is consistent for that long! He’d be a model employee!

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8 Comments on "Thief loves trains and buses"

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

They should just hire the guy already as a driver or operator…..

tawa
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tawa

HA,HA,HA. You people made my day.The shrink said the guy is LOCO (mentally ill) For those of you who need translation.This guy needs to be in a room with padded wall’s, Not driving our children around.Get a clue Animal-lover.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

HE HE HE … the jokes on you. There’s a sucker born every minute…
[quote comment=”196950″]HA,HA,HA. You people made my day.The shrink said the guy is LOCO (mentally ill) For those of you who need translation.This guy needs to be in a room with padded wall’s, Not driving our children around.Get a clue Animal-lover.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Sounds like he’s a natural transit operator. I would take him anyday over the drunk/weed smoking engineers that are often times employees. We all should have such a passion for our work. This guy needs career guidance not rehabilitation.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

……and to the next mugger who holds up one of you yuppies, let’s give him a job with the police department because he know how to handle a gun. (rolling eyes)[quote comment=”196917″]Sounds like he’s a natural transit operator. I would take him anyday over the drunk/weed smoking engineers that are often times employees. We all should have such a passion for our work. This guy needs career guidance not rehabilitation.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Can you guess who some of the people are who work for the FBI and other intelliegence, who does sophisticated computer forensics, etc? [quote comment=”196924″]……and to the next mugger who holds up one of you yuppies, let’s give him a job with the police department because he know how to handle a gun. (rolling eyes)[/quote]

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

And that justifies your reasoning as having someone with your life in their hands? Let’s get you a job with NASA.[quote comment=”196932″]Can you guess who some of the people are who work for the FBI and other intelliegence, who does sophisticated computer forensics, etc?

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homeworld
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Maybe he can get a job driving The Hop.

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