Huntsville, TN (2018-09-18) The plans of a would-be thief were reportedly thwarted by an Oneida man who saw suspicious activity at his neighbor’s garage.
James T. Busicnki, 20, of Oneida was booked into the Scott County Jail Monday afternoon following an investigation into an attempted theft in Oneida earlier in the day. According to an arrest warrant penned by Deputy Gordon Byrd of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Busicnki allegedly attempted to boost a zero-turn riding mower from a garage on Marcum Road.
Authorities say a neighbor saw Busicnki drive into the garage and went to investigate. The neighbor reportedly witnessed Busicnki attempting to load the mower onto a trailer with an electric winch. Authorities say that Busicnki told the neighbor he had purchased the mower, and he was picking it up. When pressured, Busicnki reportedly grew nervous and fled the scene. The neighbor followed Busicnki, but lost track of him on Verdun Road.
Detective Randy Lewallen was summoned to the scene. After talking with the neighbor, authorities obtained a photo of Busicnki, who was reportedly identified by the witness as the perpetrator.
Authorities went to Busicnki’s residence on Oral Drive to question him. He reportedly initially denied the allegation, but later admitted to the crime and gave authorities a written statement to the facts.
Busicnki was charged with burglary and criminal trespassing.