ITHACA, N.Y. – An Ithaca man was indicted on burglary charges in Tompkins County Court on Thursday morning after a woman reported returning to her residence to find him in her home.

According to police reports, the woman and her two young children returned to their home on Emmons Road in Lansing just after 10 p.m. on July 4. When they returned, the woman reported that the lights were on upstairs, which she didn’t find immediately suspicious at the time.

In a voluntary statement, the woman said upon going upstairs, she noticed her bedroom door was shut and locked. Finding it unusual, she said she climbed out onto the second-floor porch of the house and accessed her bedroom through the porch.

When she entered her bedroom, the woman stated that she noticed things were not how she left them – her bed was unmade, the closet door was open and the light was on. According to court documents, the woman reported that it appeared someone had slept in her bed while she was away.

According to her statement, the woman’s dog began growling when she noticed a person sitting on the second-floor porch of the house. The individual was described as a white male, fair, approximately 5″8′, stocky with wide shoulders and wearing khaki pants. Reports say the man, holding a backpack, then grabbed at the porch door handles and attempted to get back into the house.

After the complainant screamed at the man to get out of her house, he allegedly said he couldn’t leave and replied, “this is bad, my name is Matthew, I’m looking for my dad.” The woman said the man was “shuffling and not walking normally,” and would not leave the residence.

Police said they found a man with a matching description shortly after the incident in the backyard of the residence, who was later identified as Matthew A. Kriewald, 33.

Kriewald was charged with second-degree burglary, a class C-felony, and petit larceny. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail where he is currently being held on a $5,000 cash or $10,000 insured bond.

Alyvia Covert

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