An accused serial pickpocket who preys on Instances Sq. vacationers can’t preserve his fingers to himself — and authorities can’t preserve him behind bars.
Dedrick Williams, 53, has a dozen arrests since March alone — the newest of greater than 40 busts relationship again to 1984, police sources mentioned.
And but he retains getting launched with out bail.
“He’s a prolific pickpocket preying on vacationers and dealing individuals in Instances Sq. for over 30 years,” one Manhattan cop griped to The Publish.
“There’s no consequence, so he retains doing it.”
Stated one other cop, “He’s positively focusing on the realm and choosing on essentially the most harmless individuals — vacationers who it’s arduous to consider are naive the quantity of crime on this metropolis.
“Robberies are by way of the roof,” the supply mentioned.
Data present that Williams was final arrested on Aug. 19 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and weapons possession for allegedly unzipping an unsuspecting transit rider’s purse whereas making an attempt to steal her pockets, information present.
He was launched with out bail in that case as effectively.
Simply 10 days earlier, the NYPD had taken to Twitter to have a good time getting Williams off the road after his eleventh arrest this yr alone — solely to see him stroll free.
Manhattan prosecutors requested for $30,000 bail, however the choose ordered that Williams be let out on supervised launch, information present.
In that case, Williams had been charged in a slew of heists, together with the July 18 incident throughout which he allegedly snatched a pockets from a lady’s backpack on a 6 prepare.
The next day, he allegedly stole one other girl’s pockets in Instances Sq..
“One thing must be performed to carry criminals like this in jail,” mentioned one other cop. “It’s a warped judicial the place the system cares extra concerning the criminals than the victims.”
Former NYPD Sgt. Joseph Giacalone, now a professor of Felony Justice at John Jay Faculty, mentioned Williams belongs behind bars.
“He’s bought to be put in jail,” Giacalone mentioned. “He’s bought to not be launched on bail and he’s bought to go to Rikers Island and sit there and await these circumstances to come back up.
“I imply, what number of extra occasions?” he mentioned. “Apparently he hasn’t discovered his lesson.”
Tom Harris, president of the Instances Sq. Alliance, mentioned cracking down on crime within the busy vacationer mecca was very important as town returns to regular after COVID-19
“With regulation enforcement and district attorneys missing the fundamental instruments to make sure security, we’ll proceed to see these incidents occur, and they’re going to damage our metropolis and our metropolis’s restoration,” Harris informed The Publish.
Williams’ lawyer couldn’t be reached for remark Wednesday.