Man arrested 30 times in train, bus thefts may take deal

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NEW YORK (AP) — A man who has been arrested 30 times for stealing buses and trains may take a plea deal in his latest escapade that will send him to a mental institution.

Darius McCollum had been charged with criminal impersonation and grand larceny in his latest arrest, a 2015 case in which he was caught behind the wheel of a Greyhound bus.

The 52-year-old said he was feeling hopeless and depressed at the time— and that he needs help, not a lengthy prison sentence.

McCollum has an autism spectrum disorder, which often includes repetitive behaviors and a difficulty with impulse control.

At a contentious hearing Wednesday, lawyers tried to hammer out the deal. They will return to court Monday.