INGLEWOOD, CA—Is it still petty theft if getting popped means a $90,000 bail?
Darien Percy Simmoms, 19, should have gone to a good college; it would be easier to pay off a large student loan than to try and post bail and pay for an attorney to stay out.
The alleged meat market employee was stopped by Inglewood police officers, perhaps for failing to stop at the limit line of a STOP sign or traffic light (22450(A)VC), operating a bicycle on the wrong side of the road (21202(A)VC), operating a bicycle without brakes (21201(A)VC) and operating a bike at night without a headlight (21201(D)VC).
Total bail for the four bike charges was $120.00.
The petty theft charge (484(A)VC) stemmed from a warrant issued by Redondo PD—which added $90,000 to the amount.
Starting one’s adult life with such a huge price and with little to no chance of having spent it for college or even a good trade school is a petty shame.