Four teens charged in school bus theft

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 1:49am
Staff reports

Update: All four teens have now been arrested and charged with auto theft in Juvenile Court.

It's hard to imagine a school bus being the 'joy ride' of choice, but Metro Police arrested one teen, and are looking for three others, for allegedly commandeering a special education bus on Sunday.

The Auto Theft detectives on Monday arrested a 14-year-old Antioch Middle School student in connection with Sunday afternoon’s theft of a bus from Cole Elementary School in south Nashville. The male student is being charged at Juvenile Court with auto theft.

Three additional persons, a 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls, have also been identified as taking part.

According to reports, the teenagers stole the bus and took turns driving it less than a mile to the intersection of Bart Drive and Keeley Drive, where it was abandoned undamaged. A citizen saw the moving bus with the teens on board traveling on Colemont Drive, followed it, and called police.

The teens were able to take the bus after finding a key inside a satchel stored on the vehicle, police said.

Surveillance video from the bus was shown Monday to School Resource Officer Julius Gallon at Antioch Middle School, who identified the 14-year-old. Names of the three females were obtained shortly thereafter.