New York City: A serial pickpocket with more than 30 arrests gets released without bail or even a supervised-release restriction

Dec 21, 2021 | Bail Reform

Bail reform at its best. Released immediately after arrest and back on the street committing more crimes. Obviously, this criminal seems to be doing pretty well at his craft to afford $1,000 suits. From the New York Post.

. . . A serial pickpocket with more than 30 busts under his belt was pinched again last week while targeting unsuspecting tourists at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, only to be dumped back on the street the next day, law-enforcement sources and authorities told The Post.

Gary Teasley, 65 — who has been known to wear snazzy outfits, including a long dark fur coat and fashionable hat, during his alleged crimes — is so familiar to cops that they’re on a first-name basis, a source said. . . .

But the ex-con didn’t even get slapped with a supervised-release restriction, much less a bail, after his latest arrest.

In his latest bust, Teasley was charged with allegedly trying to rob a 71-year-old tourist from Massachusetts at the popular holiday hot spot, his favorite haunt this time of year, sources said.

Teasley was arrested Friday after police said they spotted him unzipping the woman’s purse and reaching inside, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

“We caught him red-handed,’’ a source said. . . .

“He knows the deal, he was saying, ‘DAT, [Desk Appearance Ticket],’ the whole bail-reform thing.

“He’s “a very sharp guy, $1,000 suits, skilled at his craft,” the source said. “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” . . .

Teasley has a lengthy criminal record, mostly for possession of stolen property, the sources said. . . .

Joe Marino and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, “,” After more than 30 busts, alleged pickpocket nabbed again at Rock Center — and released,” New York Post, December 12, 2021.

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