CAMDEN, NJ — A Camden man was charged Wednesday after allegedly defying the state-mandated COVID-19 emergency orders when he broke into a clothing store in Pennsauken.
Charles Coward, a city resident, was charged with burglary, possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose, criminal mischief, trespassing, possession of burglary tools and violating the New Jersey "Stay at Home" regulations.
"The Pennsauken Police responded at 11:48 a.m. to an alarm at Forman Mills," authorities said in a statement Thursday. "They found a broken side window with a hammer on the ground nearby."
Coward was found inside the closed store.
When the officers entered they said they observed two coats on the ground — one containing a "black airsoft gun."
Coward was one of several individuals charged for violating the orders in the state this week and outlined by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Thursday evening.
In Cherry Hill, Jeffrey Brady — owner of Corrado's Pizza in Sicklerville — was also charged Wednesday because his employees were allegedly not wearing facial masks or gloves.
"Brady advised it was too hot near the ovens for his employees to wear masks and customers could not understand them on the phone with their mouths covered," state officials said.
The pizzeria owner was ultimately charged with violating the emergency orders.