ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has surrendered to airport police.
Anthony Jefferson, 55, said he parked the U-Haul truck at a loading curb May 1 and went into the airport to see relatives off, police said.
But the unattended truck, which contained a small amount of fireworks and prescription heart medicine containing nitroglycerine, prompted a shutdown of the airport's North Terminal after a bomb sniffing dog alerted police.
Jefferson told police he panicked when he saw police around the truck and fled, taking a commuter train to downtown Atlanta. When contacted by police later that day, Jefferson said the rental truck had been stolen.
He was charged with a misdemeanor possession of illegal fireworks and felony theft of the U-Haul, which he had rented in New Jersey for one-day, local use only. Instead, he and relatives used it to move furniture to Atlanta, police said.