Man charged with stealing school bus

March 03, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 44-year-old man was held on $20,000 bail yesterday in the theft of a school bus from a Westminster school the night before, court documents showed.

State police in Frederick County reported finding a man sitting in a school bus at 8 a.m. yesterday, about the same time Carroll school officials discovered a bus missing from a locked parking lot at Carroll Springs School in the 400 block of S. Center St.

State police said the 1988 yellow bus had run out of gas and that doors on the vehicle had been damaged. Also damaged was a cable that secured the parking lot, state police said.

The man, identified as Brett Thomas Richards, was taken to the Westminster barracks, where he was arrested on charges of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property. He was held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster.

Court documents show Richards gave his address as Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, but a hospital spokesman said Richards had been released.

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