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Overdue Hertz rental car results in arrest of Lockport man

A Lockport man who rented a car for a little more than three weeks – but didn’t return it until months later – will appear in court Thursday to face a criminal charge.

Christopher M. Abbott, 35, was charged last Friday with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, state police said.

Abbott rented a car from Hertz on Jan. 27 and was supposed to return it Feb. 19, according to police. The car rental agency was unable to reach him, and the credit card he used to pay for the rental was cancelled.

After police made several attempts to locate Abbott through family members, troopers learned that Abbott returned the car May 5 to a different Hertz location.

Abbott was issued a ticket to appear Thursday in court.