St. Paul police looking for school bus joyrider


St. Paul police say a man briefly stole a school bus, and officers believe the same man tried to drive off with a Pepsi truck, the Pioneer Press reports.

The bus driver on Tuesday afternoon had briefly left the bus at a gas station while she ducked inside the store on Rice Street in St. Paul's North End – and she returned to the surprising sight of her big yellow rig vanished, the newspaper reported. She then saw it again for a moment before it disappeared around a corner. The bus was found, although the location wasn't immediately reported.

Officers a short time later got a report of a man matching the bus thief's description trying to steal a Pepsi truck, but he was unable to figure out the brakes, and he abandoned the effort, the Pioneer Press reported.

What would you do with a stolen school bus, beyond a joyride? Hard to say what the thief had in mind. But school bus thefts are not unheard of.

Miami-Dade police in Florida said a private school bus was stolen Wednesday night, and they were warning children not to get aboard the bus, the NBC affiliate in Miami reported.

Earlier this month, 10 were stolen from a bus yard in Ohio, WLWT TV reported. Two had been smashed into each other, and police recovered the rest scattered around several neighborhoods, WLWT said.

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