Woman arrested for breaking and entering

A 24-year-old Jackson County woman faces preliminary charges of burglary and residential entry in connection with an incident reported Wednesday in Brownstown.

The arrest of Tiffany Renee Otte of Seymour on the felony charges stem from an investigation by officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Zach Elliott and reserve officers Dakota Burke and Jon Green responded to the 3000 block of South County Road 100E at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday when it was reported there was a suspicious woman and a vehicle in the area.

When officers arrived on the scene, the homeowner said a woman was standing in a field near the residence and a vehicle was parked in the driveway. The homeowner also stated someone had been inside the residence cooking and had taken a shower.

During questioning, Otte admitted to taking a shower in the residence, police said. She also had searched through the kitchen cabinets looking for food and had prepared a couch to take a nap in the home, police reported.

Otte was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday. She is being held without bond pending her initial appearance before a judge.

Burglary is a Level 5 felony punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

Residential entry is a Level 6 felony punishable between six months and two and a half years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is one year.