BRIELLE — The Brielle Police Department is reminding residents to lock their cars following reports of an attempted car theft early Tuesday morning.
According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, a vehicle was stolen from a home on Ashley Avenue at 4:18 a.m. The theft was interrupted, however, by employees of the homeowner who were on their way to work, Detective Sgt. Ryan Meixsell said.
Detective Sgt. Meixsell said the individuals attempted to steal the car from the Ashley Avenue residence, but were caught and approached by the employees. The suspects then jumped into a Nissan Sentra, later discovered to be stolen from Woodbridge Township on Sept. 7, he said.
Based on camera footage, he said, it appeared that the vehicle fled the scene at a “high rate of speed,” onto Higgins Avenue before traveling north in the southbound lane of Route 35.
He said as officers responded to Ashley Avenue, they also received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 35 south near Berkeley Square, where the stolen Nissan crashed into a tractor trailer.
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