Rimel Myers, 22, of East Graham Avenue, was arrested at 4:48 p.m. after police said Nassau County police officers discovered him hiding behind a refrigerator inside the Alpine Restaurant on Franklin Avenue.
He was charged with third-degree burglary and faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Myers entered the restaurant through an unlocked side door and then unknowingly set off a silent alarm. While officers were responding to that alarm, police said Myers stole cash from a drawer near the cash register.
As he attempted to leave, however, Myers was confronted by officers responding to the call, police said. Myers was told "not to move," but instead ran back into the restaurant and hid, police said.
Officers established a perimeter around the restaurant. They then conducted a search and found Myers hiding behind a refrigerator, police said.
He was arrested without incident, police said.