Who would steal a school bus? It's the question Pueblo West school officials are asking, after someone stole a bus from the district lot, early Saturday morning. Pueblo County Sheriff's officials say, the driver also vandalized Pueblo West Elementary School and Pueblo West Middle School, before making his getaway.
"This is the first time a bus has ever gone missing," said Pueblo West Elementary School Principal, Cheryl Vincent. "The vandalism is so sad for the kids and for the tax payers, who are going to have to pay for it."
Vincent says replacing the bus would cost the district 75 thousand dollars. The suspect was caught on surveillance camera pulling down a chord from the elementary school's public address system. Investigators say he also tore out two safety lights and broke several windows, cutting his hand in the process.
"There was a trail of blood all around the bus lot and the schools," said Lt. Bill Brown, with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. Brown says he believes the crime spree was a random act of mischief. "I think the opportunity was just there and somehow he got the bus started. I don't think his whole intent was to steal a bus," said Brown.
School officials hope someone will be able to spot the missing bus, which is marked with the number T-85 on its side. The bus' license plate number is 967-DBJ. If you have any information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP in Pueblo, or 634-STOP in Colorado Springs. Your tip could earn you a cash reward.