Eight school buses were stolen from the Far South Side overnight and driven to a salvage yard, where they were cut apart and shredded into a two-story pile of scrap.
Three people were taken into custody.
The 40-foot-long buses,
capable of seating 75 people, were stolen sometime overnight from the bus
company's yard in the 10000 block of South Torrence Avenue and were not
discovered missing until this morning.
The buses were all
equipped with GPS tracking devices, and police were able to track "their entire
movement" to the scrap yard on the West Side.
arrived, several people who apparently worked in the scrap yard ran into a
building. Officers initially apprehended one person and later took
two others into custody.
Police were searching for the owner of the
An employee said the bus yard had been closed around 7 p.m. Thursday. When
workers arrived at 5 a.m. today, they discovered a gate open and a snapped lock.