Theft Suspect Caught Treading on Business Owner’s Property

Oneida, TN (2018-10-23) An Oneida man that was reportedly treading on a local business owner’s property in the early morning hours last week is facing theft and weapons charges.  Authorities say the suspect took a set of used tires from the business.

Alton D. Phillips, 18, of Oneida was booked into the Scott County Jail last week after authorities say he and two of his friends took a set of used tires from a local tire store without the owner’s permission.  According to the Oneida Police Department, Phillips was the driver of an SUV that was reportedly seen leaving Carson’s Tires in Oneida around 4:00 a.m. last Thursday morning.

Authorities say two male suspects were seen taking tires from the business.  When authorities began looking for the suspect’s SUV, they reportedly found it about a ¼ mile from the scene.  They say two tires from the store were laying in plain view in the back of the vehicle.

Phillips reportedly told authorities that the store’s owner allowed people to take used tires from the property.  When authorities called the owner, he refuted the claim; saying the men didn’t have permission to be on his property, especially at 4:00 a.m.

In addition to the stolen goods, authorities reportedly found a weapon in Phillips’ vehicle.  Authorities say Phillips had a crossbow, which wasn’t loaded with an arrow, but was cocked.  When asked why he kept it pulled back, Phillips reportedly told authorities “you never know about people.”

Phillips was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and going armed with intent.