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Somers Point businessman, three others charged in alleged home invasion coverup

A commissioner on the Atlantic County Board of Taxation is now charged in connection with a fire that was allegedly set to destroy evidence in an armed home invasion.
Gregory Sykora, chairman of the Somers Point Economic Development Commission, is charged with obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension or prosecution and witness tampering, Chief Robert Somers announced this week.
A Feb. 10 fire at Sure Storage on Chestnut Avenue burned evidence and property from what Somers called a violent home invasion the day before in Philadelphia.
Sykora, 56, and his wife own the self-storage business, according to the Sure Storage website.
The Atlantic County SWAT team served three no-knock search warrants March 10, at the residences of Sykora’s co-defendants, Somers said.
Morton Perskie, Thomas Andrews and Kristopher Akarman are charged with arson in the case. Sykora is not.
Andrews, 53, of Galloway Township, and Akarman, 47, of Somers Point, also face robbery charges in the home invasion, and are awaiting extradition to Philadelphia on those charges, Somers said.
Sykora is the owner of ERCO Ceiling, Blinds and Floors, and also serves on the Somers Point Business Association’s Board of Directors.
Akarman is on probation as part of a plea deal on a third-degree drug charge in 2018, court records show.
Andrews’ only prior criminal conviction appears to be a drug charge from 1990, when he was given a four-year sentence.
The Somers Point investigation was led by Detective Peter Burns.

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