Boy, 12, charged with stealing school bus


Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Authorities in Panama City have arrested a 12-year-old for taking a school bus on a joy ride.

The Panama City News Herald (http://bit.ly/1yO4XNM ) reported Wednesday that Wal-Mart employees called sheriff's deputies after noticing the bus being driven erratically through their parking lot early Tuesday. Employees say the child appeared to be having problems parking the bus.

According to deputies, the bus was taken from a local residence and the boy had apparently driven it 14 miles. The keys had been left inside the bus.

School district officials say camera footage from the bus showed that the boy appeared to handle the bus well.

He is in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice and has been charged with grand theft and felony criminal mischief.

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