ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was indicted on charges of burglary at Tompkins County Court on Thursday morning after being accused of entering a home and damaging property.

Christopher Talman, 53, allegedly broke into a home on S. Aurora St. on the morning of Nov. 22, 2016. Stavros Stavropolous, the landlord of the property, told police that the house was occupied by four Ithaca College students, who had left for Thanksgiving break a few days prior to the burglary.

Stavropolous reported that he went to the house that morning to shovel and clean the driveway when he noticed that the upstairs windows were open. Stavropolous then looked in the front door of the house and said he saw the entryway and kitchen were “destroyed”.

Stavropolous entered to find the house in disarray and reported extensive damage to the cabinets, counters, the stove, chairs, desks, dressers, mattresses, and various other belongings in the home. Additionally, court documents say there was fire damage caused to the floors and walls. Stavropolous said the damages amounted to over $3,400 dollars.

After entering the home, Stavropolous said he saw the back of someone’s head sitting on the couch. Knowing all of his tenants were home on break, he called Ithaca Police.

Talman has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. He is currently held at Tompkins County Jail.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.