Attempted Burglary Likely Thwarted by Police Presence

Oneida, TN (2019-01-01) Quick work by law enforcement likely thwarted an attempt by a pair of brothers to break into a house in Oneida.

Bill J. Thomas, 37, of Helenwood was booked into the Scott County Jail last week on unrelated charges following an investigation by the Oneida Police Department into an alleged attempted burglary.  According to Investigator Dustin Burke, Thomas was the driver of vehicle allegedly involved in an attempted burglary on Keeton Lane.  Authorities say that Thomas’ brother may have been the alleged culprit.

While patrolling in the area near Pentecost Street, Burke allegedly came upon Thomas’ Cadillac STS.  Burke says that Thomas was driving suspiciously and intentionally avoiding him.  After stopping the car near the Pentecost Baptist Church, Burke reportedly learned that a vehicle matching Thomas’ car had potentially been involved in an attempted burglary nearby.

Thomas reportedly told authorities he was in the area because he was picking up a female to give her a ride and show her a “good time”.

After talking to the complainant, Burke learned that two people were in the vehicle at the time of the attempted burglary.  That’s when Thomas reportedly changed his story, saying that he had dropped his brother off at the residence on Keeton Lane and was supposed to pick him up in the area.   He later told authorities his brother had knocked on the door of the residence but took off running after seeing the cops.

Thomas’ brother was never found.

Authorities determined that Thomas didn’t have a driver’s license and was wanted on an outstanding warrant.  Thomas was charged with driving on a revoked license.