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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