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Burglary suspect in jail: 'I don't know how I ended up like this'

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Fox 12 reporter Andrew Padula interviews Nigel Allen at the Clackamas County Jail Fox 12 reporter Andrew Padula interviews Nigel Allen at the Clackamas County Jail

Police say he was caught burglarizing a business in Oregon City, but the man accused of the crime told Fox 12 he doesn't remember what happened.

Nigel Allen, 27, was arraigned in Clackamas County Court on Friday afternoon on burglary and robbery charges.

From inside the Clackamas County Jail, Nigel Allen said he doesn't remember breaking in to Funnelbox Production Studios on Thursday night.

"My mental state wasn't all there and I have a serious heart condition. If my blood pressure or pulse gets too low, I get really cloudy," said Allen.

Workers at Funnelbox Production Studios on Main Street were working late when one of them allegedly ran into Allen.

Surveillance video caught Allen using an umbrella trying to break off part of the security system just as workers caught him.

"I wasn't really scared or frightened much, it was just startling," said Julius Jockusch, a worker who confronted Allen.

They believe Allen cut the power to the security system before breaking out a window and getting inside.

At one point, they say he even pulled out a knife.

"I walked down the stairs, and when I got to the bottom of the stairs, the guy turned around, looked at me and said, 'I also have a gun,'" added Jockusch.

The workers quickly called police as they tried to get him to leave, but instead they said he went downstairs, where police eventually found him.

"I mean, I wasn't doing anything bad all day. I was out spending money in the community, trying to be legit," said Allen.

Allen said he was looking for a music store in the area because he was trying to sell a musical instrument.

However, workers at Funnelbox Production Studios said they saw him casing their building earlier in the day.

Allen admits he's been in trouble in the past but says if he did do this break-in, he didn't mean to harm anyone.

"This was not I went out seeking. I don't know how I ended up like this and I completely apologize if it was my fault," added Allen.

Workers at the production company said they found cable and wires stacked up by the door, as if Allen was planning to steal that when he was caught.

Allen did tell Fox 12 that he had just been released from Clatsop County Jail, three days ago on stolen vehicle charges but that case is still pending.

Allen will be back in court on Feb. 6 on the charges related to the Oregon City case.

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