According to the sheriff's report, Tucker's Country Market, located off the AA Highway in Tollesboro was broken into Wednesday morning about 2:23 a.m.
Lewis County Sheriff's officers had installed surveillance cameras in the store because of previous break-ins. Unknown to the burglar, the store owner, Don Tucker, was inside the store and had already called the sheriff's office when the burglar ran into the owner. The burglar fled from the scene on foot, leaving behind a crowbar that was used to pry open the back door, officers said.
Sheriff William D. Lewis and Deputy Tom Polley arrived on the scene. After getting a description, they identified Scott Adkins, 38, who lives about one mile south of the market on Pine Valley Road.
Lewis and Polley, along with Deputy Jason Hill and Deputy Joe Gilbert, began searching the area.
Polley went to Adkins' home Wednesday morning to interview him and Adkins denied involvement in the burglary. Adkins said he stayed all night at a neighbor's house.
The report said the neighbor stated Adkins showed up at her house about 5 a.m. that morning looking for a place to stay.
Adkins was arrested and charged with a third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years imprisonment.
He was lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center, and officers said additional charges are expected.