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Port Authority: Brooklyn man stole cars from airport, tried to rent them

A Brooklyn man, who authorities said took cars from rental lots at Kennedy Airport and other locations, was arrested Tuesday night by Port Authority police -- charged with attempting to rent the stolen cars.

Dorien L. Holmes, 23, of East 98th Street, was charged with grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and driving with a suspended license. Arraignment details were not available.

Authorities said Holmes is a onetime airport employee and that he used a Zipcar swipe card to enter parking lots belonging to Avis, removing at least three cars from those lots -- a Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and a red 2014 Ford Mustang.

Holmes was driving the Mustang on 123rd Avenue near 144th Street in Jamaica, Queens, when he was arrested at 10 p.m. Tuesday by Port Authority Police Det. Michael Longobardi, the Port Authority said in a statement released Thursday.

According to Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo, an investigation determined that once Holmes had taken the vehicles, he went online and posted an ad that read: "Looking to rent my cars $350."

Included were photos of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra.

The ad read: "My name is Dorien and i would like to make some money renting my car . . . I'm looking to rent for $350 weekly, $600 bi-weekly or $1,000 for the month. Insurance and E-Z pass included (you will be billed if you choose to us EZ pass). Any questions feel free to call me. Thank You."

The Port Authority said the vehicles were recovered and that the swipe card used in the crimes and the keys to the Hyundai also were recovered from inside the Mustang.

Pentangelo said Holmes was previously arrested in a theft, and court records show he has a petty theft case pending in Queens.


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