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DEPUTIES: Teacher Arrested Trying To Break Into Fellow Teacher's Home

Deputies say a high school teacher was arrested for trying to break in to his co-worker's home. However, the teacher who owned that home had not lived there for nearly seven years.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard at the Dare County Sheriff's Office told us around 8:30AM on January 12th, a woman at 119 The Dogwoods, in Roanoake Island, heard someone fumbling at her back door. Deputies say she called 911, and the suspect took off.

Once deputies arrived, investigators say they found a screw driver and other evidence that linked them to their suspect: Sumner Scarborough. Investigators have yet to say why Scarborough targeted the home at 119 The Dogwoods, but that it is a home currently owned by John Houston. Houston and Scarborough are both listed on the Manteo High School web page as staffers; Houston in the mathematics department, Scarborough in the science department. Deputies say though Houston owned the home Scarborough tried breaking into, Houston had not lived there for several years.

According to deputies, Scarborough was arrested four days later, on January 16th, for attempted breaking and entering, attempted larceny, and possession of burglary tools. His bond was set at $3,500. He has since bonded out of jail.

Deputies say their investigation continues.

Dare County Schools say Scarborough was suspended with pay on January 16th, pending an investigation. They say Scarborough has been a science teacher since 1994.


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