12-Year-Old Accused Of Second School Bus Theft In Past Month

07/16/2014 07:04 pm ET | Updated Aug 08, 2014
  • David Moye Pop culture journalist, HuffPost Weird News

A 12-year-old boy charged with a felony for allegedly stealing a school bus last month is accused of illegally taking another bus out for a spin.

The boy was arrested Wednesday morning after officers in Franklin County, Florida, pulled over a stolen school bus that was being driven erratically.

Authorities say a student was behind the wheel of the bus, which was about 55 miles away from his home in Parker, Florida, WMBB TV reports.

Investigators said the adolescent thief allegedly stole his family's car Tuesday night, but ditched it after he saw a school bus at an elementary school, WJHG TV reports.

Officials for the Parker Police Department told HuffPost the student is being charged as a minor, but said the city attorney has the option of charging him as an adult.

The child will be charged with trespassing on school property, grand theft auto and burglary of conveyance. He also faces additional charges from the Springfield Police Department, according to NewsHerald.com.

Bay District School officials say an expulsion hearing will be scheduled for the boy.

The junior high school age suspect was also arrested June 24 after allegedly stealing a school bus for a joy ride around Panama City, Florida.

That wild ride ended in a Walmart parking lot, nearly 15 miles away from the spot where the bus was last parked.

For that crime, he was charged with grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000 and felony criminal mischief. He also was charged with grand theft for a missing student recognition device worth about $2,000.

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