Dare Elementary on Lockdown While Police Catch Burglary Suspect

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Dare Elementary families gathered at the school for the fourth- and fifth-grade musical Thursday night, but found themselves on lockdown after sheriff’s deputies investigated a possible burglary at the Bargain Box next door.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mike Russell said around 6:45 p.m. – about 15 minutes into the musical – a passerby noticed “suspicious activity” at the Bargain Box on Dare Road, a thrift store operated by county volunteers whose proceeds go toward youth scholarships and others in need. When deputies arrived and began to set up a perimeter about three minutes later, one deputy heard what he believed to be a suspect fleeing from the rear of the building through the woods.

Because of the proximity of the Bargain Box to the bustling elementary school, sheriff’s officials alerted the school leadership the school had been placed on lockdown.

It was not immediately clear if the program was disrupted.

One adult man was located inside the Bargain Box during a search of the business. He was taken into custody and is expected to be charged, Russell said. A search of the woods and area surrounding the school came up empty and the school was released from lockdown.

The incident and identity of the second suspect are under investigation, Russell said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.