A Mount Sinai man who police said was caught in the act burglarizing a Chinese restaurant in Miller Place remained in jail after being arraigned in First District Court Tuesday on 15 charges.
Robert Cariddi, 49, of Valiant Court, is charged with 14 counts of third-degree burglary and one count of false impersonation after he lied about his identity to police, court documents said.
He confessed to eight of the burglaries, court documents show.
He told investigators he only broke into Chinese restaurants and nail salons and that he did it to "pay for my crack/cocaine addition [addiction]."
He also expressed remorse.
"I am trully (sic) sorry, I really want to get into a drug rehab long term and beat this addiction that ruins my life," according to the police complaint. "Whatever it takes, I'm sorry."
Cariddi was arrested Monday after he broke into Ho Ming Kitchen at 275 Route 25A in Miller Place, according to court documents and police.
Cariddi appeared in court in Central Islip in a white see-through jumpsuit and what appeared to be shorts underneath.
His Legal Aid attorney asked Judge Pierce Cohalan to consider reducing Cariddi's bail, which prosecutors originally requested to be set at $250,000.
After reviewing Cariddi's file, Cohalan ordered he be held on $450,000 bond or $200,000 cash because of his "extensive criminal history."
Cariddi's fiancee and her daughter, who were present at the hearing, declined to comment.
Detectives said Cariddi also broke into businesses in Centereach, Selden, Setauket, Rocky Point, Sound Beach, Patchogue, Bohemia and Middle Island and that he targeted the businesses because they lacked security systems.
Police said anyone with information about other locations that may have been burglarized could contact Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.