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New York's bail reform lets career transit crook with 138 arrests extend his rap sheet


Added 02-13-20 12:13:02am EST - “The suspect has more than 130 arrests.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “New York’s bail reform lets career transit crook with 138 arrests extend his rap sheet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Career transit thief Charles Barry lengthened his rap sheet by five arrests in the first five weeks of 2020 — and each time he was freed without bail, he ended up accused of more crimes.

A new bail law in New York requires judges to free most suspects arrested for non-violent crimes. Because the pile of charges Barry faces are not violent — including grand larceny, petty larceny and fraudulent accosting — judges were not allowed to send him to jail while the cases were awaiting trial.

Barry has a long history of pickpocketing unsuspecting straphangers, according to criminal complaints and police sources. He particularly likes to filch wallets from sleeping subway passengers late at night.

He’s recently started pretending to be an MTA worker to grab cash and credit cards from riders hands before darting away, witnesses and police paperwork show.

Barry, 56, has served six terms in state prison — one for selling drugs, the rest for grand larceny — and he has now been arrested 138 times, police sources and records say.

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