GLEN ROCK, NJ - Reports surfaced this week of three people who became upset because they have been barred from doing things during the coronavirus epidemic, either because they are sick or because places are closed to the public, police said.
"Anyone caught assaulting or physically abusing any borough employee will be charged criminally and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," police said. "This also applies to the many storekeepers and service employees who are providing vital services to all of us during this time of crisis."
On April 1, at approximately midday, an "irate elderly customer who demanded to enter the store contrary to the social distancing provisions established by the store's management" required Prospect Street Bottle King employees to summon the police.
"The man subsequently spit on the ground near the employee, but not on or at him," police said. The man left prior to police arrival and an investigation is being conducted to determine his identity.
On April 2, at approximately 4 p.m., a woman who stated she was sick demanded entry to Kilroy's Market on Rock Road, police said. A Glen Rock police officer had the woman make arrangements to have a family member do her shopping for her as opposed to exposing store employees and customers to her illness.
And, on another matter on April 4 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a man threw a plastic bag from his white Subaru at a recycling center employee after he was told he could not deposit a plastic bag there. Police said he departed the recycling center before police were called.
Anyone who may be able to identify persons involved in the April 1 or April 4 matter, or a plate number from the vehicle in question, is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at (201) 652-3800.