There were some scary moments at a Beaufort County school before class this morning as a worker was robbed.
It happened around 8:50 a.m. in the rear of John Cotten Tayloe School on Tarboro Street in Washington. Authorities say an independent contractor doing landscaping work at the school was robbed.
Reports say the robber then took off down a path toward WalMart. Minutes later, Washington police arrested Michael Moore in the WalMart parking lot. He was charged with the armed robbery of the worker's wallet.
School spokesperson Sarah Hodges says because of a two hour weather delay there were no students at the school. "We are grateful the children were not yet on campus," Hodges told WITN.
Police say no gun was shown during the robbery, but the worker was threatened with violence. The 24-year-old Moore was jailed on a $15,000 bond.
Court records show Moore has pending charges of breaking or entering into a motor vehicle and felony larceny while he served five months in prison on drug charges in 2009.