Scott Hornung

NEW ALBANY — An Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School baseball coach and teacher was arrested Sunday for theft.

Scott Hornung, 52, New Albany, was arrested at a Kroger in New Albany around 11 a.m. after an officer caught him allegedly stealing more than $50 worth of groceries, according to the police report.

An officer reported seeing Hornung scan around $140 worth of groceries at the self-service checkout station. The officer then saw Hornung bag an additional load of groceries without scanning them, according to the report. When Hornung tried to exit the store, the officer stopped him.

"I'm going through hard times," Hornung told the officer when the officer asked why he didn't pay for the unscanned items.

Hornung could not be reached for comment by press time. According to the Providence website, Hornung coaches varsity baseball and teaches health and physical education.

All of the items were returned to the store. There was not video surveillance of the incident, but the officer reported witnessing Hornung steal the items.

Hornung was arrested and booked into the Floyd County Jail for misdemeanor theft and later released.

Elizabeth DePompei is the digital editor for The News and Tribune. She has degrees in journalism and film from the University of Cincinnati and CUNY's Hunter College and was previously the paper's criminal justice reporter.

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