Local man pleads guilty; burglarized to feed drug habit

A man has pleaded guilty to his part in two October burglaries.

Matthew A. Chester, 48, of the 3700 block of East Washington Boulevard, pleaded guilty Thursday in Allen Superior Court to two counts of burglary, a Level 4 felony.

According to terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull at sentencing July 28, Chester would serve an executed sentence of no more than eight years in all for two burglaries that occurred Oct. 6 and 12.

Chester also could receive substance abuse treatment and, if eligible, serve the sentence on work release.

In court, Chester admitted, “I broke into two homes to steal things to feed my drug habit.”

During the Oct. 6 burglary, the homeowner called police shortly before 2 p.m. to report someone had broken his home’s rear window and taken a diamond ring, $30 in cash, $30-$40 in change, $200 from a coin bank, $60-$70 from a piggy bank and an envelope with 15-20 $2 bills. Blood was found on the kitchen floor, with DNA matching Chester. The Oct. 12 burglary occurred between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. after forced entry was gained through the service garage door on the north side of another home, causing damage to the door frame. That victim reported several electronic items, including jewelry and cash, were taken from his residence. The victim also was able to provide police with surveillance video from across the street.