A suspected NYC gym thief was beaten despite a long criminal record that includes 17 arrests for theft, including multiple gym robberies.
A sweet May 5 plea deal that spares sticky defendant Meghan Gilson jail time and must make amends is a “slap in the face” for one of the traumatized victims.
“I am beyond outraged. … She stole my personal belongings: cash, bank card, state ID. I had to replace my $1,500 iPhone and get new glasses,” said Chelsea resident Anne Marie O’Dea. “She has had a huge impact on my life. It makes me very disgusted with how the justice system works.”
Gilson, 35, of Brooklyn, has been accused of stealing from at least four Manhattan gyms and has already been arrested 20 times, according to law enforcement.
O’Dea was cheated on after a sweat at Crunch on West 23rd Street on January 4, 2021. As the billing analyst was about to leave, she discovered that her purse had been stolen from her locker.
Crunch CCTV and two questionable purchases made with O’Dea’s credit card led investigators to Gilson, authorities said.
The Brooklyn resident was arrested on Feb. 6, 2021 and charged with grand larceny, court records show.
At her arraignment the following day, she pleaded innocent and a judge upheld the prosecutor’s recommendation for a supervised release.
Apparently, this forbearance did not go down well. Gilson has been arrested six more times in Manhattan since her collar in February 2021 — five times for theft at four gyms — the prosecutors’ office said. Four cases are still pending; in another, prosecutors declined to prosecute.
Her criminal record shows “patterns of grand larceny in which she targeted unattended bags in various Manhattan locations,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.
O’Dea told the Post she was told by current Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office on May 5 that Gilson had struck a deal and was headed for “a program” — not a jail cell.
O’Dea was upset but not surprised. “That [prosecutor] said, since we have Alvin Bragg in office and with the new law, they [Gilson] would not serve a prison sentence.”
The plea deal requires that Gilson “receive psychiatric treatment, avoid re-arrest, and secure either employment or disability benefits for the next 18 months,” according to Bragg spokesman Douglas Cohen. If she does, the charges will be dropped. If she doesn’t, there will be prion times, Cohen said.
O’Dea said she was told by the DA’s office that Gilson had no money for redress and was living in a homeless shelter.
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