Thursday, November 12, 2015

Guy Obsessed by Buses and Trains Is Arrested in Brooklyn with Stolen Greyhound Bus

"Greyhound Prevost X3-45" by Adam E. Moreira. Creative Commons
 Police arrested a man obsessed with trains and buses in Brooklyn for allegedly stealing a Greyhound bus out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, NBC reports.

Greyhound was able to track the bus in Brooklyn using GPS. They pulled it over at 3rd Ave. and Union St.

Darius McCollum, 50, who has been a mega-fan of transport since he was a small child, has been arrested 29 times in the past. He has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

According to Wikipedia, McCollum had memorized the entire NYC subway system by the age of 7.

He has been rejected for employment by Transit Authority on numerous occasions, although he is reported to know more about the trains, schedules, procedures and rail operations than any current employee, according to Wikipedia.

He is known for wearing a mass transit employee uniform and courteously assisting customers and answering questions, or driving trains undetected for days, and has even become a bit of a cult figure.

According to PIX11, in 1981 he drove the E train to the World Trade Center at the age of 15.

Sadly, McCollum has spent more than a third of his life in prison for his habit of stealing mass transit vehicles.

UPDATE: NBC New York's Chopper 4 was hit by a laser while rushing to film McCollum's arrest. Reporters in the chopper tracked the folks with the laser and called police, who apprehended several suspects. 

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