Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Terror Sting Busts Former Stuyvesant High Teacher On Multiple Charges

Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan is mere steps from Ground Zero and is one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation. Its students regularly win major awards like the Siemens Westinghouse Award or the Intel Science Talent Competition.

Now, it may be known for one of its former teachers being busted on terror-related charges after a police bust.
A former Stuyvesant HS teacher was busted last night for selling high-powered weapons to undercover operatives he thought were connected to Middle East terror organizations, The Post has learned.

Theophilus Burroughs wet his pants when he was slapped with cuffs at a Bronx warehouse, where he was arrested in a sting operation, law-enforcement sources said. The seats on a van waiting to transport him to the 49th Precinct had to be lined with plastic.

The arrest caps a yearlong investigation that saw Burroughs allegedly negotiate the sale of firearms -- including AK-47s, assault rifles with scopes and .40-caliber guns -- during "deals" with informants in which he praised Hamas and Hezbollah and suggested killing cops and Jews, sources said.

"There's no good money in teaching," Burroughs once griped.

Burroughs, 49, a former Marine from Newark, was on unpaid medical leave from the Department of Education.

He showed up at the Westchester Square warehouse expecting to collect a cool $10,000 for a pair of night-vision goggles, two bulletproof vests and 200,000 counterfeit cigarette stamps, a source said.

Burroughs was instead hauled away by city and state tax agents, and investigators from the Bronx DA's Office.

He faces a slew of charges, including weapons possession and forgery, the source said.
Burroughs taught at Stuyvesant in 2002 and 2003, which means that he was a stone's throw from Ground Zero and the endless parade of equipment and debris carted from the site to a staging area next to the school to transport the remains of Ground Zero to Fresh Kills on Staten Island.

He allegedly proposed selling firearms in addition to the night-vision goggles, bulletproof vests, and bogus cigarette stamps and allegedly claimed that Hamas was "his people" and praised Hizbullah.

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