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Young boy released for school bus theft, does it again


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Young boy released for school bus theft, does it again

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 20, 2014

After making a court appearance in Florida to face serious charges of stealing a school bus in June, 12-year-old Michael Propst stole another bus mere hours later on July 16.

“He just got out of [the Department of Juvenile Justice] yesterday on the last case where he stole the bus from us,” Mike Jones, safety and security officer at Bay District Schools, explains to local publication, News Herald. “We found out the bus was stolen when a Carrabelle police over in Franklin County actually pulled the bus over for erratic driving and found that same 12-year-old boy, Michael Propst, the one that stole one from us three weeks ago."

"June’s incident resulted in charges including grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000, felony criminal mischief and grand theft for a missing student recognition device worth about $2,000," News Herald reports. And for this current joyride, "He was charged with trespassing on school property, grand theft auto and burglary of a conveyance by Parker police, along with other charges pending from Springfield Police Department."

Propst also allegedly stole his aunt's 1998 Mitsubishi Montero truck the night before, and ditched it in an unknown location before stealing the second school bus from Parker Elementary. When arrested, Propst cited his Fifth Amendment right and would not disclose the location of his aunt's vehicle. Her charges against the 12-year-old are pending.

Propst has since been returned to the detention center. Thankfully, in all three vehicle thefts no injuries were reported.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.