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Two charged for keeping rentals

Two men face charges in separate incidents in which Altoona police allege they failed to return rental cars.

Jason A. Moore, 39, of Philipsburg was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property after Altoona police contend he failed to return a white 2019 Dodge Ram pickup truck to Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Aldrich Avenue, according to charges filed by Altoona police

Police allege Moore rented the truck July 1 and he was supposed to return it July 8. The rental car company told police Moore never returned the truck or made any payments. Several attempts by the company to reach Moore by phone and email were not successful, and Altoona police were contacted July 22.

Moore was released on an unsecured $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Robert E. Arnold Jr., 32, of Altoona was arraigned Wednesday on felony theft and receiving stolen property charges by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio stemming from allegations by Hertz Rental Car on South 16th Street that Arnold didn’t return a white Jeep Cherokee he rented on Aug. 1.

According to the charges, Arnold was supposed to return the SUV to Altoona on Aug. 5, but when the rental car company contacted him that day, Arnold told them he was at a funeral in Ohio and couldn’t get the vehicle back.

Hertz employees continued to try to call Arnold, and a distant relative eventually contacted the company and said that while Arnold had been in Ohio, he was now in McKees Rocks, near Pittsburgh.

After a certified letter was sent to Arnold was returned on Aug. 13 and Arnold stopped answering calls from Hertz, Altoona police were called.

When police reached Arnold by phone and asked why he hadn’t returned the vehicle, Arnold allegedly said he hadn’t brought the Jeep back because he had a protection-from-abuse order against him in Altoona and didn’t want to violate it. Arnold also told police he had no intention of returning to Altoona with the vehicle because he didn’t want to violate the PFA. Police pointed out the PFA didn’t state that Arnold wasn’t allowed to be in Altoona, only that he wasn’t allowed to have contact with the plaintiff in the order.

Arnold was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond after his arraignment Wednesday afternoon. A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday at Central Court.

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