OPP: Man charged after he broke into house and was confronted by homeowner

FERGUS – Police say a would-be thief who was confronted by a homeowner and then tried to flee on a bicycle has been charged.

On Feb. 4 at about 8:40am, the Wellington County OPP responded to a break-in at a residence on Grandview Avenue in Fergus.

“The homeowner reported hearing someone knocking on their front door. Moments later, the homeowner confronted the lone suspect who had just pried open a rear door,” police stated in a press release.

“The suspect fled the scene on a bicycle and was quickly arrested nearby by police.”

Police say a search of the suspect resulted in the seizure of break-in tools and suspected methamphetamine.

Matthew Cecil Kochan, 49, of Guelph, was charged with break and enter, possession of break-in instruments, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

“Wellington County OPP would like to remind property owners to make sure that they keep doors locked day and night even if you’re home,” police stated.

“Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to police.”

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. Tip providers may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.