Police: Man with over 50 prior arrests caught stealing purse from Hoboken


A Jersey City man with over 50 prior arrests was caught stealing a women’s purse, which contained her iPhone, near a Hoboken PATH station early this morning, police said.

Michael Nelmes. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Michael Nelmes. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Michael Nelmes, 56, of Jersey City, was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia (crack pipe), hindering apprehension and bail jumping, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At around 1 a.m. this morning, the 22-year-old victim told Port Authority police stationed at the Hoboken PATH station that a man had just stolen her purse, which contained a wallet and iPhone, from inside a fast food restaurant on Newark Street in Hoboken, officials said.

The officers used the “Track My iPhone” app and traced the suspect to the Richard Street light rail station in Jersey City. The officers approached Nelmes and found him to be in possession of the victim’s purse and cell phone, police said.

Nelmes was placed under arrest and a computer check revealed he has two outstanding criminal warrants out of Jersey City and more than 50 prior arrests. His bail was set at $3,500 cash and he is currently stationed at the Hudson County jail, authorities said.

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