New York’s controversial bail reform law has spawned a new breed of defendants amid what Mayor Eric Adams calls the “catch, release, repeat” practice of the criminal justice system.
As Adams pushes for a rollback of 2019 legislation to crack down on repeat offenders, he unveiled a list of the “worst of the worst” at a press conference Wednesday at One Police Plaza.
Here’s a look at some alleged repeat offenders who aren’t on the list but have been revealed exclusively by The Post in recent months:
McKelley, 41, allegedly told cops she was a ‘professional recall’ and complained, ‘Y’all stop my hustle’ after her 97th arrest in February, when she was charged with multi-robbery repossessions of items at a Target store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. .
At the time, sources said McKelley’s rap sheet was littered with busts for petty larceny, an offense that is not eligible for bail under the law that came into effect in 2020.
After being released, the alleged serial shoplifter cheekily told the Post that she was actually wearing a stolen shirt, saying, “I need to get myself a new outfit…so I have to go to work.”
McKelley was eventually locked up on $5,000 bail after her 101st arrest, in which she was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, for allegedly ‘kicking, biting, scratching and spitting’ at two cops Friday night when they arrested her in the theft of paper towels from a Duane Reade store in Harlem.
Career burglar Wold, 59, said he was “grateful” for bail reform in January, after he was charged with committing a three-month string of burglaries at 10 businesses in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“I’m too old to go to jail. I am way too old. I can’t do it,” Wold told The Post in an exclusive interview.
A few days later, the ‘Teflon con’ was arrested again while wearing slippers and smoking a cigarette outside his home in Park Slope, charged with three other burglaries in the neighborhood.
After his release, Wold was arrested and released again in April for the theft of a cash register from a Manhattan restaurant.
Wold was finally locked up on $10,000 bail last month, after being arrested in additional burglaries in Manhattan and prosecutors convinced a judge it was the ‘least restrictive way’ to ensure he was caught. would return to court after twice failing to appear and repeatedly violating probation. and conditional release.
Rodriguez was dubbed the ‘robbery man’ for an epic streak of 47 alleged retail robberies last year.
Rodriguez was reportedly a supporter of targeting Walgreens stores, including one in Jackson Heights, Queens, which he has been accused of scamming 23 times.
In an alleged caper, Rodriguez was charged with stealing “10 units of Ensure, 12 Walgreens wipes, 15 units of Sensodyne toothpaste and 8 units of Cetaphil lotion.
“This guy comes here every day to steal, every day,” the store manager told The Post at the time.
“He comes and he flies.”
Rodriguez eventually landed in jail after being posted $15,000 bond for allegedly violating a protective order issued in the name of a Walgreens in Corona where he was charged with committing 13 robberies.
The Post’s reporting of Rodriguez’s seemingly superhuman ability to get arrested and released led then-NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to blast bail reform.
“Madness,” Shea tweeted at the time.
“There is no other way to describe the crime resulting from the disastrous bail reform law.”
Gonzalez, known as ‘GoGo’, has been arrested at various Macy’s outlets so often that the department store chain has issued a ‘trespassing notice’ to bar him from entering any of its stores Last year.
But the ruling – which allows cops to automatically turn a shoplifting charge into a burglary – wasn’t enough to stop Gonzalez from allegedly trying to steal $350 worth of Tommy Hilfiger clothing from Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. in Manhattan in May.
The arrest added to at least five Gonzalezes racked up earlier in the year, including at the Macy’s store in Flushing, Queens.
Although cops charged him with robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reduced the charges to possession of stolen property and petty larceny under the controversial and soft policies. of prosecutor Alvin Bragg and Gonzalez was released without bail at his arraignment.