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Police: Tour operator stole school buses

Nov. 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a tour operator allegedly stole at least eight school buses from Florida and Georgia school districts.

Police said two school buses reported missing from Lowndes County, Ga., in October were spotted Saturday outside EverBank Field in Jacksonville, and the drivers told police they were shutting fans for the Florida-Georgia football game on behalf of Jacksonville company 95 South Tours and Transportation, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, reported Friday.

Investigators said they found four more stolen buses at 95 South Tours and Transportation, owned by Alphonso Rock, 44.

Flagler County sheriff's deputies said two other reported stolen buses were traced to the business.

"Our detectives are still working this case, it's very active. We don't know how big it's going to get," Jacksonville Police Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said.

"Buses cost a lot of money and these individuals were running a business was operated with no overhead," Bujeda said.

Police said Rock was unable to prove ownership of any of the buses, except for one on which the vehicle identification number had been scratched off and replaced.

Rock was charged with theft of a motor vehicle less than $100,000.

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