Crook takes school bus with keys in ignition
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (WSVN) -- A school bus driver is asking the public for help in finding the thief who stole a mini, yellow school bus, while she made a quick stop to get gas money.
Angela Jackson has been driving a privately-owned school bus for three years. She said the yellow school bus is used to pick up children from private and charter schools, and during the summer, to pick up children at camps.
She is shocked that someone would steal a school bus, and she is now worried the crook is using the bus to lure children.
According to Jackson, the bus was stolen on Wednesday night in Northwest Miami-Dade while she stopped to get gas money. She said her boss was wiring her the money to refuel. She then drove to a nearby check-cashing store off Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue. She left the bus running while she ran inside the store.
Jackson said, "The reason the keys were still in the ignition is because the bus was on 'E,' and it's a diesel bus, and in case anyone doesn't know, diesel is definitely different from regular gas. You can't turn the bus back on if it's on 'E' because it won't turn back on."
She said, at first she thought it was a joke. "I was thinking it was a prank," said Jackson. "I'm thinking no one would have the audacity to take a school bus." She added, "I'm also thinking someone taking a large-size, half-size school bus wasn't something I was thinking would be an issue or a problem."
According to Jackson, she wasn't able to fill up the gas tank with her own money because she does not get paid until the first of the month and did not have money to do it.
She said she was only inside the store for 10 minutes and, according to witnesses, during that time, a man jumped into the bus and drove off.
Until the bus is found, police are warning parents to make sure they know what bus their children are getting on, and if they don't recognize the bus driver, to ask questions.
Jackson is now worried the man is using the bus to lure children. "I'm asking you, please, for the sake of these children, for the sake of parents out here, for the sake of the community, for Miami-Dade County, just bring the bus back," said Jackson. "It's a yellow school bus that some of you people put your children on. That is the part that I can't even fathom. Why would someone do a thing like that."
The bus is described as a 2000 Thomas Built mini-yellow school bus with Florida tag 828VWX. The bus has, "The Kid Mover" written on it's side.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of this school bus, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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