Four arrested in school bus theft and scrap operation
Eight yellow, 40’ school buses owned by Chicago-based Sunrise Transportation, Inc. were recently stolen and scrapped. The theft occurred after the business had closed for the day, and was not discovered until the next morning.
Onboard GPS units apparently survived the metallic carnage, and directed police to a local scrapyard, SRV Metal Scrapper. By the time authorities arrived on-scene, the buses had been shredded and reduced to scrap, but Sunrise’s logo could still be deciphered amongst the remains.
Several individuals fled upon the authorities’ arrival. A total of four people were taken into custody, including the owner of the parts yard, Sergio Quintero, who attempted to hide. Police apparently found Quintero hiding above the drop ceiling inside of the yard’s office.
Sunrise Transportation estimated that the loss of the buses at $250,000. As scrap, the buses likely brought in $1,500 to $3,500 each.
Quintero was charged with felony possession of a title or registration that has not been assigned, and ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail.