RANDOLPH, NJ – A Randolph man stole an appliance from the township recycling center and then destroyed it in front of town employees while yelling at them, said authorities.
The man, Richard Mariano, now faces charges that include violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s emergency orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak, they said.
The actions of Mariano were described in a statement by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who has been issuing, almost every day, descriptions of people getting on the wrong side of the law for ignoring Murphy’s rules.
Grewal said the incident involving Mariano took place Wednesday.
“Mariano allegedly entered the Randolph Township Recycling Center, stole a refrigerator from one of the recycling containers, then violently dismantled it by the side of the road while yelling at township employees,” said the attorney general.
He said the unusual behavior left Mariano with several charges: Violating the governor’s emergency orders, theft by unlawful taking, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
No Patience for COVID-19 Rule Violators
Disorderly persons offenses carry a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, according to Grewal. However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third- and fourth-degree indictable offenses, he noted.
The attorney general said police and state authorities are not putting up with people behaving badly during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis,” he said. “Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency orders— or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work … Make no mistake, we will do everything in our power to keep our residents and officers safe, and that means we won’t hesitate to file charges against violators.”