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Ex-employee charged with stealing rental from Newark Airport, then returning for gas

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A former Hertz employee who left the job on Labor Day weekend was arrested by Port Authority police who said they found him and another man at Newark Airport in a 2013 Mustang stolen from the rental lot nearly 12 hours earlier.

Officers got suspicious when one the men got of the car near the fence line of the Hertz rental facility at 4 o’clock this morning, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said.

As it turned out, the car had been missing since 5 o’clock last night, he said.

Pentangelo said he couldn’t confirm the report, but a source at the airport told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that the duo returned in order to use Hertz’s gas pumps and avoid paying for fuel.

Arrested were James Johnson, 18, of Jupiter, FLA (above photo, bottom) and 22-year-old Eric Bradley, of Newark, who used to work at Hertz and was driving the vehicle, Pentangelo said.

Both were charged with theft.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

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