Buskirk was arrested by Sgt. Chad Crynes of the Linton Police Department around 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 after the officer was dispatched to the Linton WalMart store in reference to a theft complaint.
Crynes spoke to an asset protection officer from the store who reported he observed Buskirk looking at cell phones, then saw him pick one up and walk to the hardware aisle where Buskirk allegedly cut the case open with a pair of fingernail cutters before he concealed the phone on his person.
The employee said he maintained constant observation and followed Buskirk past all points of sale and out the door. The employee stopped Buskirk and they both went to an office in the store.
When Officer Crynes spoke with Buskirk at the store, Crynes noticed Buskirk was concealing something in a hat he was holding -- a prescription bottle with his name on it. But Crynes said the bottle had three different types of prescription pills inside. Buskirk had a valid prescription for one of them. The other two were identified as Diazepam and Clonazepam. Both are Schedule IV controlled substances.
According to an affidavit prepared by Crynes, Buskirk admitted that he did not intend to pay for the cell phone but he said he was holding the pills for his mother for safekeeping because people were taking pills from her.
Buskirk was transported and booked into the Greene County Jail where he was first held without bond. When Buskirk appeared in Greene Superior Court for an initial hearing, bond was set at $12,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.
A public defender was appointed to represent Buskirk. A motion to reduce his bond was filed this week but the judge denied the motion and Buskirk remains in jail.