Michelle McKelley, 42, domenica è stato rilasciato in libertà vigilata, solo un giorno dopo che la polizia l'ha arrestata per presunto furto di oggetti di valore $ 125 da un CVS di Lower Manhattan, il New York Post ha riportato per la prima volta.
Manhattan Judge Charlotte Davidson said the charges against McKelley do not qualify for bail under New York state’s 2019 bail reforms, ha riferito il Post. The reforms prohibit bail-setting for most people charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent felony, while maintaining bail for most violent felonies.
During an appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court on Sunday, the paper reported that prosecutors said McKelley has failed to appear in court 27 times for past arrests and has five other pending cases.
After a February arrest in February for her in connection to a petit larceny on the Upper East Side, McKelley allegedly told officers, “I haven’t got caught in a long time. I’m a professional booster. Y’all are stopping my hustle.”
At the time of her court appearance for that arrest, a different judge warned McKelley that if she failed to show up for her next hearing, missed an appointment, or was arrested again, she could face a warrant and potential bail, the Post previously reported.
As of June 19, New York City saw a 42.5% increase in petit larceny incidents year-to-date, con 51,041 cases reported so far this year compared with 35,815 during the same period last year, according to New York Police Department citywide crime statistics.
Nel frattempo, hundreds of prosecutors in New York City are quitting the district attorneys’ offices amid controversial soft-on-crime criminal justice reforms. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office this year has hemorrhaged 65 assistant district attorneys, che si tratta 12% of the staff.
Fox News’ Jon Brown contributed to this report.