New Jersey State Police arrested a 29-year New Jersey Department of Transportation employee Friday for using a state-issued fuel card to steal close to $2,000 worth of gasoline, during a two-year span.

Charged was William Lomonaco, 55, of Kenilworth, Union County, N.J.

In January, while waiting to fuel his patrol car at the Clinton DOT yard in Cliton Township, Hunterdon County, state police Sergeant Dustin Foschetti of the Perryville Station observed Lomonaco pumping fuel into a truck that did not appear to be a DOT vehicle.

A four-month investigation by state police, the Office of the Inspector General, and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that Lomonaco used a DOT fuel card at various locations to activate gas pumps to fuel his personal vehicle.

After Lomonaco was arrested, detectives searched his assigned DOT vehicle and found a 6mm pistol.

Lomonaco was charged with official misconduct, theft and unlawful possession of a handgun.

He was lodged at Hunterdon County Jail, in lieu of $5,000 bail with a 10 percent option.