Man arrested after breaking into Cummins building

A 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he broke into a local factory and then returned to his apartment without his clothes, police report.

Forrest Kristopher Ross of Seymour faces a Level 5 felony charge of burglary after he broke into a Cummins Seymour Engine Plant building on the city’s east side around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief Bill Abbott said the investigation that led to Ross’ arrest began when police were called to 160 S. Jackson Park Drive to investigate a report of a break-in.

When police arrived, they found that a door on the north side had been pried open and black denim jeans and blue boxer shorts lying near the entrance, Abbott said.

He said officers also found a wallet containing Ross’ identification at that time and then found a pry bar and bloody footprints on the floor after entering the building.

Officers then went to Ross’ apartment in the 300 block of South Jackson Park Drive and found that he had a bloody foot and his head, chest and legs were covered in soot and metal shavings, Abbott said.

He said the building that had been burglarized has a bin for waste metal shavings, and police believe Ross crawled through that bin at some point.

Ross only took keys to machinery in the building, Abbott said.

When asked what had happened, Ross told police he didn’t remember, Abbott said.

“He said he became heavily intoxicated and did not remember anything that happened,” he said.

Ross also faces a Class B Misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday where he was being held on a $1,505 bond.

A Level 5 felony is punishable between one and six years with an advisory sentence of three years upon conviction.