Serial purse snatcher busted 59 times as never been in jail, says she has ‘full faith’ in NYC’s criminal justice system

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A woman with what may be the Guinness record for snatching purses – and being arrested for the crimes – has pulled another amazing feat: she has yet to actually be jailed for any of them.

Nicole Green, 46, is a suspect in a whopping 59 busts for purse snatching. Green has, in fact, been arrested repeatedly, over and over, for the thefts, but she has yet to spend a single day in jail.

After being arrested this week on yet another robbery charge, the New York Police Department (NYPD) had to admit that a Manhattan judge freed her again, after District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg’s office asked for a supervised release, reported the New York Post. Green has also somehow managed to avoid serving a day behind bars for violating the terms of yet another catch-and-release for robbery, and missing a hearing in court last Thursday.

Green has become a sort of poster girl for the absolute inability of the criminal justice system in New York City to function on some very basic levels, particularly in the department of the DA’s office to meaningfully prosecute criminals that the NYPD spends so much time trying to apprehend. Members of the NYPD expressed frustration and disgust to the Post about their efforts constantly being foiled and wasted by the DA’s office.

“This is crazy. The public is being put in jeopardy,” one Brooklyn officer, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Post. “The only thing that surprises me is that she waited two days to do another robbery.”

“Am I missing something? She doesn’t show up for a supervised appointment, so they give her another chance? At one point, the courts have to realize that some people can’t be trusted to show up when there are no penalties,” said another Manhattan officer, who also chose to remain anonymous.

“I would rather tell her to stop robbing people,” said a different Manhattan cop.

Green’s impressive rap sheet spans 27 years, in which she has quite a roster of mostly robbery and theft-related charges.

Green’s attorney, Glenn Hardy, said that his client expects to be “vindicated” at trial, according to the Post.  “She has full faith and confidence in the criminal justice system,” he said.

The lack of prosecution and lenient treatment has fueled frustration with a variety of “reformer” officials in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among others. It hasn’t helped that public officials like New York Mayor Eric Adams is busy boasting about getting New Yorkers to “eat a plant-based centered life.”

The DA for Los Angeles, George Gascón, has also drawn considerable criticism for his new “diversion” program that also lets offending youth avoid court and has been called “slap on the wrist.”

Meanwhile, San Francisco seems to be trying to break new records for crime, homelessness, and the lack of effort to do anything about it.

While nobody knows what the future holds, it seems New York is going to be lost in a haze of priorities that simply do not include public safety well into the foreseeable future.


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