Michelle Mckelley, 42, who describes herself as a “professional booster,” was out on supervised release for another petit larceny at the time of her arrest on the Upper East Side, 纽约邮报 已报告.
“I haven’t got caught in a long time,” Mckelley allegedly told police officers after the bust, according to prosecutors in Manhattan Criminal Court. “I’m a professional booster. Y’all are stopping my hustle.”
Mckelley, who was released after her arraignment on Thursday, was asked by The Post afterward if she would continue her behavior.
“I have to get a new outfit … so I have to go work,” Mckelley told the paper. “I don’t call it stealing, I call it professional boosting,”
Mckelley has seven open bench warrants and at least four other open cases, including one for robbery — a felony — and three for misdemeanors. Of her 96 prior arrests, most were for petit larceny, a misdemeanor that is not eligible for monetary bail under state law, 纽约邮报报道.
Mckelley also failed to show up to court at least 27 次, 根据论文.
In the week ending Feb. 6, New York City saw a 58.5% increase in petit larceny 事件, according to New York Police Department citywide crime statistics.
Judge Rachel Pauley questioned why prosecutors did not ask for bail after they put in a request for supervised release.
“I’m just not convinced she’s going to comply,” Pauley said about Mckelley’s failure to appear in court more than two dozen times.
Mckelley also stole items like socks from the same Target store back in September before coming back Dec. 11, to grab clothes, 纽约邮报报道, citing a criminal complaint.
Mckelley’s public defender argued that her client was complying with supervised release until she became homeless around Dec. 1, 根据论文.
The judge agreed to free Mckelley under the supervision of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES).
If Mckelley failed to show up for her next hearing, missed an appointment, or was arrested again, the judge warned she could issue a warrant and set bail, 纽约邮报报道.
福克斯新闻’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report