Truck Driver Caught In Fishing Line Scam To Avoid Tollsby Jana Ritter - Published: 3/11/2016
A truck driver was arrested after his botched attempt to use a fishing line to bypass the E-ZPass tolls on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge.
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The incident occurred Wednesday evening at around 7:15 pm when an official saw a tractor-trailer with no front plate and the rear plate bent to avoid being scanned by security cameras. When the E-ZPass sign indicated that the truck driver had not paid the toll, police were alerted. When they pulled over the semi-truck, police officers then discovered a fishing line contraption rigged to the truck. "The vehicle's front plate was rigged on a hinge with monofilament fishing line that ran into the cab and ended on the dash where the suspect could control it to conceal the plate [pull it up out of view], and then restore the plate into view after exiting the toll and security cameras," said police spokesman, Joe Pentangelo.
Javier Marte, 41, of Yonkers was arrested and is now facing multiple charges that include theft of services and tampering with public records. He has also been charged with possession of burglary tools because he "used the line to facilitate the crime,” police said. Considering the cost of the charges incurred on him now and time lost from his job, Marte is now likely wishing he would of sucked up the $126 charge he would have paid without E-ZPass at that hour.
In February 2015, another truck driver was arrested in a similar attempt to bypass the George Washington Bridge E-ZPass tolls. Pablo Ortega of Queens had entered the toll lane with his "James Bond-styled" big rig and authorities quickly clued in. “The vehicle's front bumper was hydraulically lifted, which made the front license plate impossible to be viewed by E-ZPass cameras. The rear plate was also obscured with grease and unreadable,” Pentangelo said. Apparently Ortega pressed a black toggle switch on the vehicle's dashboard to mechanically move the bumper - the sophisticated spy-style kit had cost him about $2,000. The owner-operator had been transporting Gummy Bears and was also charged with tampering with public records and possession of burglary tools.