Jason Daddario was kicked out of his local McDonald’s restaurant in the US last week for refusing to wear a mask, before allegedly committing a series of crimes, according to authorities.
There is a statewide order in Connecticut for residents to wear protective face masks in public to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
The 37-year-old man reportedly eventually agreed to leave the Brooklyn McDonald’s after he refused to adhere to the statewide order.
But it was reported that he then allegedly threw a large rock into the front window of the fast-food chain, before running to a nearby Walmart where he allegedly stole several pairs of women’s underwear.
Mr Daddario was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace and taken into custody after he tried to flee state police, Hartford Courant reported.
According to the publication, authorities and a police dog took Mr Daddario into custody as he left the Walmart. He reportedly attempted to flee but surrendered before the authorities released the dog on him.
Mr Daddario is due to appear in court on June 15.
Wearing masks has been a controversial issue in the US, which has been hard hit by the virus with almost 80,000 deaths, according to figures from John Hopkins University.
US Vice President Mike Pence sparked a storm on Twitter after refusing to wear a mask during a tour of the famed Mayo Clinic.
The hospital has a COVID-19 policy that all visitors cover their faces and Mr Pence was the only person in a room of staff and patients not wearing a mask.
Mr Pence, who is head of the US coronavirus Task Force, greeted hospital staff with an elbow bump and met a patient at the clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on Tuesday, May 5.
CNN reported Mr Pence told journalists he didn’t wear a face mask while touring the clinic “because he’s tested for coronavirus regularly”.
The number of coronavirus cases in the US has reached one million – putting it around five times ahead of the next hardest-hit countries.
In Australia, there are now 6942 recorded cases of COVID-19, with 3054 in New South Wales, 1487 in Victoria, 1045 in Queensland, 439 in South Australia, 552 in Western Australia, 227 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory.
Australia’s death toll is at 97.