Broome County Sheriff’s officials say a Port Crane man is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house on Pleasant Hill Road early June 25, stealing wine, a whole house generator, two chain saws, a leather jacket and car keys before the residents woke up and confronted him.

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39-year-old Christopher Wilber is charged with felony burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny as well as misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Deputies say they were called to the home after a resident called 911 at 2:35 in the morning and said they heard noises and found someone with a flashlight in their house.  The intruder fled when the residents confronted him.

Authorities began searching in and around the home and found several bottles of wine, frozen food, a flashlight and the other items that had been removed from different spots in the home after the intruder broke a basement window to get in.

A short time later, the deputies found Wilber laying face-down in tall grass nearby trying to hide.

Due to bail reform laws, he was released without bail.

Deputies say while the victim and Wilber live on the same road, they don’t know each other.