Man with history of train, bus thefts is held without bail

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Posted: Nov 13, 2015 1:02 PM
Man with history of train, bus thefts is held without bail

NEW YORK (AP) — A 50-year-old man who has been arrested more than two dozen times for crimes that include piloting a subway train, stealing a bus and donning uniforms to pose as a conductor is being held without bail after his latest arrest.

Darius McCollum pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he stole a bus from the nation's busiest depot, the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

His attorney, Sally Butler, says McCollum is about to lose his housing because he can't get a job and can't pay his rent. She says he has tried to get a job but no one will hire him because of his history.

McCollum has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. To resolve a 2010 bus-theft case, he agreed to undergo cognitive behavioral therapy.

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This story has been corrected to show that McCollum was arrested more than two dozen times, not three dozen.