Man arrested after threat to Walmart

A 57-year-old Seymour man was arrested Monday after police said he threatened a local retail employee over the phone, police report.

Timothy A. Ross faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of intimidation following an incident reported to police by Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St., Seymour.

Police said Ross attempted to return a television to the store around 10:30 a.m. Monday, but employees told him he couldn’t because he did not have a receipt.

Chief Bill Abbott said Ross returned to the store at 12:16 p.m. to make a purchase and left. He called the store again around 3:10 p.m. to inquire about returning the television.

The employee again told Ross he could not make the return without a receipt.

That’s when Ross said, “What does a person have to do, come down and kill some people to get this done?” Abbott told The Tribune.

The statement was reported to police at 3:16 p.m.

Officer Gilbert Carpenter went to Ross’ apartment on Fountain Drive and asked him about the incident.

Ross told Carpenter, “I can’t deny that I said that.”

Abbott said Ross was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level at 0.21% when he was arrested. Police have not requested any charges related to intoxication in the case.

Ross was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:51 p.m. Monday without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years.