Grafton man charged with vandalizing restaurant

Suspect allegedly broke into, damaged Sheboygan steakhouse
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

A Grafton man has been charged with vandalizing a Sheboygan restaurant after he broke in and proceeded to cook himself a meal last weekend, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.

Bobby Lee, 24, is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

Officers were dispatched to Jake’s Roundabout Steakhouse at 9:34 a.m. Saturday, July 14, after the owner discovered a window had been shattered and the inside of the restaurant was vandalized.

When police arrived, they noticed there were several gallons of oil spilled on the kitchen floor, broken glassware behind the counter and that one of the cash registers and four gaming machines were destroyed, according to the complaint.

Surveillance video showed a man later identified as Lee entering through the basement, putting several bottles in a trash can and proceeding upstairs with a kitchen knife where he turned off a surveillance camera, the complaint states. 

Police found a hammer at the scene that they believe was used to damage and remove money from the gaming machines and a jukebox. Officers also discovered that a bottle had been used to prop open several beer taps.

Authorities also believe that Lee left meat freezers open and cooked and ate a steak while sitting on top of the bar, according to the complaint. 

After the restaurant posted photos of the suspect on Facebook, a woman called the Sheboygan Police Department to tell them Lee, who used to work for her at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Grafton, was the man in the photos, the complaint states.

She said that on July 13 she gave Lee a ride from Grafton to Plymouth, then Glenbeulah before ending up at a bar with him in Sheboygan.

After leaving the bar early on July 14, the woman said Lee asked for a ride back to Plymouth, but while driving through Sheboygan he began acting strangely, jumped out of her car and began running toward Jake’s Roundabout. The woman said she drove away but later that morning picked Lee up from Love’s Truck Stop outside of Sheboygan, according to the complaint.

Sheboygan and Grafton police executed a search warrant at Lee’s residence and were able to identify him by matching his shoes with an impression left at the scene, the complaint states.

“The Grafton Police Department was very instrumental and worked hand-in-hand with us to find the suspect,” Sheboygan Police Cpt. James Veeser said.

Bail for Lee has been set at $10,000.

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