Darius McCollum being escorted out of the 103rd Precinct Tuesday night after his recent arrest. Photo courtesy of Kendall Rodriguez for the New York Post.
Almost 24 hours ago, I wrote about how notorious transit criminal Darius McCollum was once again busted. His latest crime involved the theft of a Trailways bus from a maintenance facility in Hoboken, New Jersey.
It seems there is more to the story that originally appeared in the New York Daily News. According to the report from Emily Ngo & Tom Namako of the New York Post, the bus theft over the weekend was not the first by Darius from this company & facility. 21 days earlier he allegedly stole another bus from the facility & drove it to Washington D.C.:
The mass-transit madman who yanked a bus from a Hoboken depot yesterday appears to have stolen yet another bus 21 days ago from the same spot and driven it to Washington D.C., police sources said.
Darius McCollum, 45, told officers after his arrest yesterday that he stole another bus nearly three weeks ago – and hasn’t yet been caught, law enforcement sources said.
Authorities in Washington D.C. are checking the fingerprints on the recovered Trailways bus to see if they match McCollum’s, sources said.
“It’s bizzarre. It’s around that time frame,” police sources said.
Officials from the MTA – who McCollum has terrorized for 30 years — confirmed that none of their buses were stolen three weeks ago.
His lawyer, Stephen Jackson, said, “He vehemently denies that. He has not been charged with any other incident and there’s no indication of him taking anything else than what was charged in this case.”
Trailways spokeswoman Anne Noonan was unavailable for comment. Her assistant said she was “out of the office for the rest of the day.”
McCollum, 45, who has a history of commandeering subways and slipping in to transit facilities with impeccable uniform fakes, is now being held on $100,000 bail after appearing in Queens criminal court this morning.
He went on a joy ride around Queens with a Trailways coach yesterday.
Click here for the complete report.
What else is left to be said about Darius. He clearly needs help as there is a clear obsession with public transportation & just being a fan is not enough. Has any agency ever considered hiring him for some sort of job? I know with this criminal record, no agency would hire him. However maybe a job is what it would take for him to stop these planned crimes.
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