Thief loves trains and buses
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.”
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!