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Notre Dame student arrested in bizarre downtown South Bend break-in

Published On: Mar 31 2014 11:53:04 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2014 05:38:49 PM CDT

South Bend police arrested a 19-year-old man after he apparently "dug" his way inside a South Bend business. You won't believe the pictures of what was left behind! WSBT's Ed Ernstes tells us the unusual break-in caused thousands of dollars in damage, leaving the owners to pick up the pieces.


A Notre Dame student was arrested Sunday morning after police say he dug his way into a downtown South Bend business.

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at Therapeutic Indulgence on Jefferson Blvd. around 9:30 a.m.

When they arrived, they found 19-year-old Brian McCurren of Maineville, Ohio passed out in the kitchen on the second floor.

WSBT has confirmed McCurren attended the University of Notre Dame.

Officers say McCurren tried to make his way into the business late Saturday night or early Sunday. He tried several ways to break in, but ultimately used a 100-pound flower pot to break through the front door, according to police.

Once inside a breezeway, McCurren allegedly found a hammer and dug his way through the drywall into the main building.

The owner of the business, Sara ros Frazier, tells WSBT  her employee arrived early Sunday morning and found the inside ransacked.

She says a fire extinguisher was sprayed inside four different rooms inside the building. Furniture and lamps were also broken.

MORE PHOTOS from the scene

In the kitchen on the second floor, police found McCurren had warmed up several Hot Pockets in a microwave and also had macaroni and cheese cooking in the oven.

Police say when they arrived at the business, McCurren was very disoriented.

We're told by the owner there is several thousand dollars worth of damage to the business.

McCurren was arrested and charged with burglary, vandalism and underage drinking.

WSBT's Ed Ernstes is following this developing story and will have a full report tonight at 5 and 6.