Teen charged in school bus theft

A teenager faces three felony charges after he allegedly stole a school bus and crashed it into a fuel pump at a gas station on Dale Street in Roseville.

A 14-year-old boy is facing three felony charges after he allegedly stole a school bus and crashed it into a gas station fuel pump in Roseville.

According to police, the boy stole the $45,000 bus while it was parked near the Holiday gas station at Rice Street and Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul just before 8 a.m. Monday.

Police said the boy admitted to taking what he thought was an "abandoned" bus  with the intent of returning it to the bus company.  The boy said he drove the bus to the Centerline Bus Company lot at 1870 Rice Street but got scared and drove away after hearing on the bus radio that police were being called.

Roseville police arrested the boy after a Centerline Bus Company manager followed the bus to a Shell gas station in the 2100 block of Dale Street and detained the boy after the bus crashed into the fuel pump. He was taken into custody without incident.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has filed a petition against the teen for felony motor vehicle theft and two charges of criminal damage to property in connection with the incident. He made his initial court appearance on Tuesday and was released to his parents. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 6.

The Roseville and St. Paul police departments, along with the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector, are investigating the case.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at aholmquist@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @AlexHolmquist.

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