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NY man charged with theft, possession of false government documents

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man was arrested for theft and offenses involving false government documents in Franklin Borough, according to Franklin Borough Chief Gregory M. Cugliari.

Bigelacio D. Coleman, 42, of the Bronx was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of possessing and using false government documents, one being a self-generated/made license plate and a commercial driving medical card.

On July 27, 2019 and Aug. 16, 2019, Coleman entered the Walmart of Franklin, making contact with management and allegedly leading them to believe he worked for a contracted company which recycled specific items for Walmart such as various metals and batteries, Cugliari said.

Once in possession of the items, Coleman allegedly would sell them for cash, Cugliari said.

Walmart discovered Coleman didn’t work for the recycling company that they contracted when they didn’t receive the agreed upon funds for the merchandise they recycled, Cugliari said.

Police were notified on Aug. 2 after asset protection associates noticed Coleman in the store. Officers located him in the Walmart parking area and took him into custody. Coleman’s vehicle allegedly contained a fictitious license plate and fictitious Medical Examiner’s Certificate’s for a commercial driver’s license, Cugliari said.

Coleman was charged and lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending a first Central Judicial Processing hearing.

“Coleman may be involved in additional similar thefts throughout the state and surrounding states. The investigation is ongoing and additional complaints may follow,” Cugliari 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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