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Man allegedly steals idling car, crashes on I-80

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – Franklin Borough police have charged a Morris County man for allegedly stealing a car that was left idling in a Franklin Borough business parking lot.

On the evening of Feb. 6, a vehicle was left idling in a local business’s parking lot while the owner was completing an errand. The vehicle was then entered by an individual, later identified as Blaise Wiget, 32, of Succasunna who proceeded to take the vehicle without the owner’s knowledge or consent, and left the area, police said.

Police were then notified that the vehicle had been recovered along Interstate 80 East in Rockaway Township, following a motor vehicle accident in which the operator had fled the scene on foot, police said.

A short time later, Wiget was taken into custody by the Rockaway Police Department for an attempted motor vehicle theft near the accident scene in their jurisdiction, police said.

Police ultimately uncovered evidence that linked Wiget to the Feb. 6 motor vehicle theft in Franklin Borough, police said.

Wiget was charged on Feb. 9 for numerous offenses related to vehicle theft, narcotics possession, and burglary. He was served with the warrant in the Morris County Correctional Facility, where he is currently lodged pending an appearance in Superior Court, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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