VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) — An ice cream store owner is accused of recording his underage female employees getting changed.
The Vineland Police Department says 65-year-old Larry Bostic, owner of Cool Breeze Ice Cream at 312 West Landis Avenue, was charged with five counts of child endangerment and five counts of invasion of privacy.
Authorities allege Bostic was secretly recording underage employees inside a dressing room at the parlor.
“I am pretty surprised. He was a nice guy. There was nothing out of the ordinary,” said Doug Garrison.
Garrison came to deliver ice cream to the parlor on West Landis Avenue in Vineland on Friday afternoon. He was unaware the parlor was now closed.
On Thursday, Vineland police executed a search warrant at the parlor and arrested Bostic.
They discovered the hidden camera in an employee changing area.
The camera lead to a monitor and recorder in Bostic’s locked office.
“It’s pretty shocking. I feel bad for the parents and the girls that work here,” added Garrison.
Vineland police said they were tipped off earlier this month after someone told them the ice cream parlor owner may be inappropriately recording his employees.
In interviews with the young workers at the parlor, detectives discovered Bostic made them wear uniforms. Bostic reportedly told the employees they couldn’t take the uniforms home, so the young female employees had to change at the parlor.
At least five employees were recorded changing, but authorities are asking for prior employees or anyone who thinks they were also recorded by Bostic to come forward.
“I’m glad he got caught because you never know what would’ve happened after that,” said Sara Rosario of Vineland.
Bostic is currently being held in the Cumberland county jail.