A man who was chased-down by the mayor of Galloway Township for allegedly robbing his restaurant has now been charged in connection to a restaurant robbery in Brigantine.

Brigantine police say in the early morning hours of October 22nd, someone broke into the Pirate’s Den Restaurant and committed a theft. After an investigation, detectives issued charges for burglary, theft, and criminal mischief for 31-year-old George Dean, Jr., from Port Republic.

Dean was served with these charges at the Atlantic County Justice Facility where he is currently being held on charges from other jurisdictions, naming after being arrested for allegedly breaking into a restaurant in Historic Smithville that is owned by the mayor of Galloway.

In the Galloway incident, just after 11:00 Wednesday night, Mayor Anthony Coppola, Jr., saw a man matching the description of a suspect wanted for burglarizing his own restaurant, Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern in Smithville, the night before. Police say Coppola chased the suspect, George Dean, Jr., on foot, calling 9-1-1 along the way. Dean, Jr., made headlines for himself as he was seen wearing a jacket embroidered with the word "loser" on it.


With previous reporting from Joe Kelly.

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