A London, Ky., man is in custody, and Oneida police have linked him to a handful of thefts in Scott County.
Daniel T. Roark, 662 Barton Mill Cutoff Rd., Corbin, Ky., was arrested by the Kentucky State Police on Nov. 13 as he allegedly attempted to commit another burglary.
OPD Officer Dustin Burke began investigating a vandalism report at North Star Auto on Sand Cut Road in Oneida on Sept. 11, 2016, when employees reported that locks had been cut and were lying on the ground, according to reports.
As Burke watched surveillance video, he spotted a white male driving an older model Dodge pickup truck and was able to see a partial Kentucky license plate. Roark allegedly sat in the parking lot of North Star Auto for 15-20 minutes before he left and reportedly drove to Wayne's Cycle and then to Tennessee Outdoors in Huntsville where he allegedly stole a trailer and returned to North Star Auto.
Surveillance video allegedly shows Roark loading a Cub Cadet zero-turn mower onto the trailer as the annual 9-11 emergency responders' parade passed by. Roark then proceeded north on US 27 towards Kentucky.
Using the partial license plate number, Burke eventually learned that the truck belonged to Roark's uncle, Adam Roark, of London, KY., Upon talking to Daniel Roark's family and friends, Burke was able to identify him as the alleged thief.
Roark is reportedly tied to other trailer and equipment thefts in Pickett and Cumberland counties, according to OPD. He is currently incarcerated in the Laurel County Correctional Center and will face vandalism and theft charges in Tennessee, according to OPD Chief Daryl Laxton.