A pair of people drunkenly stole an empty Anne Arundel County school bus, crashed it twice, smashed out the windows and tried to torch it before ditching it in the woods in Davidsonville Tuesday morning, police said.
The motive? Travis Edward Champagne and Nicole Jo-Ann Adams, charged in the incident, were "looking for change to purchase cigarettes," police said.
During a search, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Aviation Unit spotted the bus badly damaged under power lines near Governor's Bridge and Strawberry Run roads just before 9 a.m., police said.
Someone later told police they saw two suspicious people in the area at about 6:15 a.m., 45 minutes after bus No. 874 was reported missing from its Crownsville parking lot. The witness' suspect description matched the two on the bus' surveillance video, police said.