NY Man Arrested 29 Times for Nabbing Trains, Buses

13 August 2013Reading

Colleen Long reporting for Associated Press via ABC News:

Darius McCollum can explain the complicated workings of the New York City transit system with the precision of a veteran conductor. He knows every subway stop, every line, every train.

It’s an obsession that has dominated his life. But instead of becoming a transit worker, he’s become a transit impostor. Twenty-nine times, beginning when 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.

The sensational headline masks the true story: someone suffering from mental illness falling through the cracks and ending up in the criminal justice system.