2016 News Release

November 7, 2016

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State Police Arrest Couple Involved in Toll Thefts

Pleasantville City, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police, working with the South Jersey Transportation Authority, recently announced the arrest of two suspects for toll theft on the Atlantic City Expressway.  Angela Freeman-Poles, 54, and Aljah Reaves, 57, both of Atlantic City, N.J. were arrested for tampering with and stealing toll money.

During the months of August and September 2016, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which is the owner/operator of the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport, alerted AC Expressway detectives about a series of toll basket malfunctions and toll shortages at the Exit 5 entrance and exit ramps.

Detectives reviewed photographs and surveillance footage that captured a man and woman exit a vehicle, modify the toll basket by stuffing it with material to prevent coins from going in, and later return to remove accumulated coins.  The suspects also stole coins from the ground at the toll plaza. 

On October 27 and 28, Freeman-Poles and Reaves, were arrested and charged with theft.  Both suspects were lodged in Atlantic County Jail with bail being set at $35,000 with no 10% option.  Members of the Hamilton Township Police Department (Atlantic County) and the Atlantic County Jail assisted with this investigation.

Charges are mere accusations, and the suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty

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