Sung Hee Lee, 57, was arraigned Jan. 27 and released without bail after appearing before a judge at Nassau First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Lee was the owner and operator of Aozora Restaurant at 111 Jericho Turnpike and “had recently been ordered to vacate the property.”
When his landlord, an unidentified 74-year-old man, entered the building, he allegedly discovered “extensive damage,” which police said exceeded $400,000. Police did not provide any additional information about the damage in a Monday afternoon news release.
Second Precinct patrol officers, cops said, were called to the scene and found Lee in the building. He was arrested at the scene without incident.
Lee was charged with second-degree criminal mischief. He is due back in court on Wednesday.