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Teens now charged with theft of school bus
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ORANGEBURG, SC - Two teens accused of totaling a $30,000 school bus during a joyride are facing more charges, this time from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Monday the pair, ages 13 and 15, have been charged by that agency with one count each of grand larceny.

“Both teens are charged with grand larceny in the theft of the school bus and malicious injury to personal property for damages to a second bus,” the sheriff said.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has already charged the pair with failure to stop for a blue light in connection with the initial vehicle pursuit last week.

Both Calhoun and Orangeburg county officials have said the cases will be turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

A hearing is expected in Family Court within the next month, officials said. An evaluation could be ordered for consideration in determining any possible sentence.

Meantime, the teens have been released into the custody of their parents.

After the crash, the older youth was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where his leg from the knee down was amputated, officials said.

The joy of the ride began to wane early last Tuesday when a Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy spotted an Orangeburg Preparatory Schools bus traveling on Kennerly Road. A pursuit began when the bus failed to pull over.

That pursuit wound back into Orangeburg County, picking up the S.C. Highway Patrol and Orangeburg county and city officers. The bus traveled across several gates at the South Carolina State University campus during the chase.

The pursuit ended abruptly on the inside of an outside wall of a building owned by Zeus Industrial Products. No one was reported injured at Zeus.

The younger of the two joyriders fled after the crash but was later taken into custody, officials say.

Two other buses at Orangeburg Prep’s North Road campus were found to have been vandalized. The teens are not students at the school.

The investigation is continuing.

Source: http://thetandd.com/news/local/teens-now-charged-with-theft-of-school-bus/article_54f5576c-aeb0-11e1-9af0-0019bb2963f4.html

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