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Bay County 12-Year-Old Arrested For Stealing School Bus

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City of Watsonville

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday a 12 year-old was arrested in Bay County.  The boy who authorities say stole a school bus is now facing charges. 

Just before daybreak the Sheriff's Office was notified that a juvenile had been seen driving a school bus near the Wal-Mart on Front Beach Road in Panama City.   

A deputy performed a traffic stop to find that indeed, a 12-year-old boy was driving the bus.  It was later discovered the school bus had been taken overnight in the city of Parker. 

White paint was found on the bus, police say indicating it was possibly involved in a crash.  More than $2,000 worth of equipment on the bus was also determined to have been vandalized. 

The young driver has been charged with grand theft of less than $100,000 as well as felony criminal mischief. 

Someone else drove him to the Department of Juvenile Justice for processing.