FRANKLIN, NJ—Yesterday at 5:03am, Township police responded to a strange car accident where a running UHaul truck was left behind after smashing into a dollar store on Route 27.
Police responded because of an activated burglar alarm at the Family Dollar, located just across the border from New Brunswick near the intersection with Terminal Road.
"Upon arrival they found a Uhaul Truck had struck and gone through the front glass," said police spokesman Sgt. Phil Rizzo.
"The truck was unoccupied and running. Officers checked the interior of the building as well as the perimeter and no individuals were located."
Rizzo told New Brunswick Today this afternoon that local police were investigating the matter, as of this afternoon. It's not clear if anything had been taken from the Family Dollar store.
The incident came about an hour after a small explosion, believed to be a pipe bomb, occurred less than two miles away in North Brunswick.
"Personnel from Community Fire Company and the Franklin Township Building Inspector responded. The building was deemed uninhabitable by the Building Inspector."
Part of the storefront was boarded up and it remained closed for business today.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.