Two Teenagers Charged in Bus Theft

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Two arrests were made Friday in the theft of a West Lauderdale school bus about three months ago.

Surveillance video from a store on Highway 495 the night of Aug. 4, just before classes started at West Lauderdale Elementary, showed the bus passing by, followed by another vehicle.

The bus was later left near the school. Another bus was damaged after it was used to ram a fence at West Lauderdale Elementary.

Two 18-year-olds have been charged, Colton Poe and Joshua Haskins. One of the young men is a student in the Lauderdale County School District.

At this time authorities aren't discussing the possible motive in the bus theft. But if it was a prank, you might want to think first before trying it.

"The victim in this case, which is the school system, has signed an affidavit for motor vehicle theft," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. "Individuals need to think about what they do, what they may consider a prank, and I can't speak as to why they did this, I do not know the motive in this certain case."

Calhoun says this case will be presented to the March grand jury. Both been were booked in to the Lauderdale County J ail, each under $5,000 bond. They have both posted bond.

Motor vehicle theft is a felony. The two men could face up to 15 years in jail and could be fined as much as $10,000.

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  • by d wonder Location: the booth on Sep 7, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    goin off the dome and spitin words of wisdom i know these boys and they the victums the world is mean and people just judge who are we to throw them under the rug? What this world needs is a cold beer and actually not believe everything they hear listen to yourself, speakin about jailtime? people needa get real and think about peacetime soldiers dyin for people who dont care maybe if we take a step back and get a leader with chest hair. now im not antiwar and i believe in this contry but tryin to lock kids up for a pank?? man thats bunk-g!!!!!! You people needa take a step back and listen to the lyrics whats wrong, whats right? all we can do is hear it. they did the crime, BUT they did the time so you haters stop hatin cause they back in line!!!!!!
  • by confused Location: center hill on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    Let's see, steal a bus, do not get charged. that is one thing, but not to be reccomended to the district alternative school site is another. These studetns should have gone to the alternative educatin site like others when they commit serious acts like this. Sounds like the good ole boy system again. The black kids from Northeast high School years ago got alternative school for trashing other campuses in the district. Where is the school board on this, we see where the superintendent is on it,
  • by Anonymous Today Location: Meridian on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    To Josh's cousin: I have teenagers, and if my child did this so called "Prank", I would expect my child to pay the price for his actions. They went on school grounds and stole a bus which is a Felony. That is the law, then they knocked down mailboxes, which again is a Felony. I pray for these families. My heart goes out to the parents. The laws are made for a reason. The Bible says that "thou shalt not steal." Again my heart goes out to the parents, not the young men who commited the crime. Now is the time they need to stand up and take their punishment like men. If they are of legal age, which one is still in school, then they need to be charged like an adult. May God help us all in this matter.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Nov 16, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    Prank--frim the dictionary--frolicsome trick or escapade. These young men are guilty of a crime. They acted as a kid, without the maturity of an adult even being of age, they acted without thought. That should not be an excuse not to charge them with a felony. Maybe we should ask the Courts to put them in the Military to do their time. They use to do that years ago, maybe they should start it up again. Let the Military kick their butts a little. Might help them to grow up. I feel sad for their parents, who have had to deal with the embarrassement from their children. May God help them all in this situation. I don't think this situation has affected these young men as much as alot of you think. Just watch how they treat the people who love them (Parents). If the Military won't take them, then Jail should be the next best thing for a felon.
  • by Anonymous One Location: Meridian on Nov 11, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    They did the crime, now they do the time. Prank or not, they broke the law. White, black, or red, they need to come up with some green and pay for what they have done. Then they need a minimum of six months in jail. They should be charged with being stupid!
  • by Give Me a Break on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    Give me a Break!!!! They are 18, committed a crime and now need to pay. It doesn't matter how sweet they are. What is next: I could rob a bank and if I get caught yell - SURPRISE, Got cha! it was all just a prank! I don't think so. Get over it, they shouldn't have gotten caught or should figure out how to pull pranks that are not going to land them in jail.
  • by Jodie Stephens, Josh's cousin Location: Meridian on Nov 10, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    NO ONE is saying that what was done was ok. what is being said is that a felony and jail time is too harsh for what was done. all of you people saying throw the book, prosecute them, put them in jail, calling them punks, vandals, hooligens, talking about their parents, and calling other posters idiots better hope that you dont have teenagers or kids for that matter b/c kids do dumb stuff and dont think about what they are doing. if your kid has never gotten in any trouble, you need to be thankful that by the grace of god they havent. and you need to pray and hope they dont, because i dont care what anyone says if it was "your" kid, nephew, cousin, brother, uncle, daddy etc., i am quite sure you would think a felony was too harsh too! we all have made mistakes and our kids are going to make mistakes too. we may need to be careful not to judge these kids or their parents and remember that at any time it could be "your" kid.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    to the alumni... actually the boys didnt have to be charged at all!!! that was a decision voted on by the school board. makes you wonder if this had been 2 other kids all together if the same vote would have been made. i doubt it.
  • by friend and family member to one of these boys on Nov 10, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    to Posted by: Anonymous Location: Meridian on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:36 PM.... what cant post ur name?? u need to be really careful!!! i cant speak on behalf of one of these boys but for one i can... its quite obvious that u are an immature child who cant spell or speak proper english!!! what either he wouldnt date u or took ur girl??? isnt that always the case with u kids... dont know the facts before u speak but have just held on to a grudge from the past, obviously!!! as for the comment u made about parents...again ur immature... parents cant help what their kids do when they get a certain age. u try to raise them right and hope for the best... u pray over them and hope that everything u taught them when they were little kids sticks!! i happen to know that both of these boys are scared! but they are human and the are still "kids" they are going to act big and bad. that is called putting up a front. grow up and next time post ur name!!!!
  • by A friend of the Teenagers on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    To the person that said these boys are acting like big dogs about this whole thing! WHO ARE YOU? You obviously dont know these boys!!!!!! I am very angered by that comment!!! This whole thing has affected their life in a HUGE way! The one who is still in school has been kicked off the basketball team and still being threaten to be kick out of school! Before you leave another comment KNOW WHAT THE HECK YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!!
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