Darius McCollum has a history of stealing buses and trains, according to multiple outlets

By Greg Hanlon
Updated November 12, 2015 12:45 PM
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A man who allegedly stole a Greyhound bus from a New York City bus terminal and took it on a joyride in Brooklyn was arrested on Wednesday, police tell PEOPLE.

An NYPD spokeswoman tells PEOPLE that the bus was supposed to depart Port Authority Bus Terminal for Richmond, Virginia, at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, but it was nowhere to be found minutes before. When dispatchers from Greyhound’s Texas headquarters checked its location via GPS, they allegedly found the bus was in Brooklyn, the spokeswoman says.

Cops pulled over the bus and allegedly found Darius McCollum, 50, at the wheel. He purportedly displayed what cops say was a phony “Home Front Security” badge and a phony identification card from a “Counterterrorism Home Front Task Force,” the spokeswoman says.

He was taken into custody and charged with grand larceny, possession of forged instruments, criminal impersonation of a police officer and unauthorized use of a vehicle, among other crimes.

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According to multiple outlets, McCollum has a long history of being arrested for stealing buses and trains: The New York Times reports that he has been arrested more than 24 times for similar offenses.

Multiple outlets also reported that McCollum suffers from Asperger’s disease. After he was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing two buses over a three week span, his lawyer, Stephen Jackson, told DNA Info: “His previous treatment has been inadequate. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to specifically address it.”

It is not known whether McCollum has entered a plea to the charges against him.