Manhattan, NY – A six-time felon who allegedly bragged that he steals “for a living” was arrested for busting a photographer’s camera just moments after he was released from jail on a robbery charge on Friday.
A Manhattan Criminal Court judge promptly released him from jail yet again the following day, the New York Post.
Laron Mack, 50, has at least 200 prior arrests on his record, according to WNYW.
After he was released from jail back in March for stealing beer, oatmeal, and sausages on the Upper East Side, Mack allegedly told the New York Post that stealing is his chosen profession.
“I’m broke,” he said, according to the paper. “I’m homeless and I steal for a living.”
Mack has been accused of breaking a photographer’s camera outside the Manhattan Criminal Court building on Centre Street on June 17, just moments after he was released by the court on a robbery charge.
“How are you doing, Mr. Mack?” the photographer asked the suspect, just before Mack lunged at him and knocked his camera out of his hands, video footage showed.
“He punched me in the arm and ripped the flash off the camera and threw it against the wall and smashed it to pieces,” photographer Steven Hirsch told the New York Post.
Mack was arrested on a new criminal mischief charge as a result of the incident.
But on June 18, just one day after the encounter, the judge released him on yet another conditional discharge.
New York County Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Eret asked the court to order $250 in restitution for the broken camera, according to the New York Post.
But Mack’s attorney told the judge his client won’t be able to pay any restitution.
The suspect is due back in court on the criminal mischief case on July 7, the New York Post reported.
He also has another hearing in Bronx criminal court for an unrelated matter on Wednesday.
Detectives Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo blasted the city’s cashless bail policies in an interview with WNYW in January.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the start of bail reform till now, there’s a direct correlation to shootings, drug dealing and violent crime in this city,” DiGiacomo said at the time. “It’s clearly not working.”