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Man charged with swiping wallet during airport security screening

A Toms River man has been charged with theft after he allegedly stole a wallet containing $1,000 as it was being screened by security at Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said Friday.

 

The victim notified police of the theft around 7 a.m. The wallet was taken as it sat in a bin used for screening items, the victim said.

Port Authority police obtained a description of the man and determined he was a carpenter doing work at the airport and had a gate pass, which allowed him to move freely around the facility, police said. Police also learned he was working on the renovation of  a Starbucks in a terminal corridor, Pentangelo said.

The suspect, Steven Testa, 38, was arrested and found with $850 of the victim's cash stashed in Testa's boot, police said. The rest was in Testa's pocket, police said.

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