NJ Turnpike toll supervisor convicted of stealing accident victim's wallet
Jurors have found a New Jersey Turnpike Supervisor guilty of stealing the wallet of a crash victim at a the Somers Point toll plaza, according to the county prosecutor's office.
Authorities say that Thomas Giberson, 35, of Cedar Run, and a 16-year Turnpike employee, was on duty at the Great Egg Toll Plaza on the Garden State Parkway in August when a motor vehicle crash occurred involving Daniel Mensah of Worchester, Mass, according to a press release by the prosecutor's office. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority operates the Parkway.
Mensah's vehicle had been hit from behind as he was headed to Wildwood on vacation with his family, according to authorities. As he was getting out of his vehicle, his wallet fell to the ground. It contained $400 cash.
But Mensah could not find the wallet when he look for it, nor could New Jersey State Police Troopers who had been called to respond to the crash.
The troopers asked Giberson, who was at the scene, if he had seen the wallet. He said no.
State police then reviewed surveillance video from the tollbooth. Authorities say they saw Giberson picking up the wallet and moving it out of view of the camera.
Giberson, charged with fourth degree theft, continued to maintain his innocence. Jurors, however, watched the video at his trial and found him guilty on Thursday.
Giberson will be sentenced on Dec. 6. He faces up to 180 days in county jail and up to $10,000 in fines.