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January 23, 2014

Stolen school bus recovered in Warren

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

A 25-year-old man was arrested Jan. 22 after he allegedly stole a school bus in Detroit and was involved in a morning hit-and-run accident on the freeway as he drove to an apartment complex near Martin and Hoover.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department, patrol officers took the man into custody after a woman saw him exit a bus and recognized him as her neighbor. Mills said Michigan State Police were now handling the case.

MSP troopers were reportedly dispatched earlier in the morning to the scene of a hit-and-run crash on southbound I-75 near Warren Avenue in Detroit. Another driver reportedly told police the bus struck his vehicle and was able to provide its license plate information.

According to a media release issued by Lt. Michael Shaw, public information officer for the MSP’s Second District, the charter bus was identified as operated by Safeway Transportation Co. The bus was reported stolen at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 22 from a vehicle yard in Detroit.  The driver reportedly started the bus to warm the engine and left it running and unattended. The release stated the bus was gone when the driver returned.

The bus was fitted with a GPS locator and police eventually tracked it to the apartment complex.

The investigation remained ongoing but police said the suspect, a Warren resident, apparently suffered from mental illness. He was reportedly transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for medical attention.

The MSP issued an advisory reminding the public to use caution while warming vehicles in cold weather conditions.

“Criminals will travel through neighborhoods and shopping centers looking for unattended, unlocked running vehicles in an attempt to steal them,” the MSP release stated.