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Church bus stolen, used for destructive joy ride

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The bus was taken from Albany Auto Service at Mid-town  (Russell Akridge) The bus was taken from Albany Auto Service at Mid-town (Russell Akridge)
Damage at Windover Apartments  (Russell Akridge) Damage at Windover Apartments (Russell Akridge)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An expensive Blue Bird tour bus belonging to the First Baptist Church of Camilla was stolen from a fenced Albany yard, where it was awaiting mechanical work, and taken on a vandalizing joy ride by at least one criminal.

The bus was taken from Albany Auto Service at Mid-town, driven to the Drop Back in Academy, and then to Windover Apartments on West Gordon Avenue. The driver rammed the bus into structures at both locations, and then left it abandoned. It had to be towed away by a wrecker.

Albany Auto owner Russell Akridge is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminal.

He said this is the third time his property has been broken into recently. Someone cut the fence, found the keys in the bus, and drove it off.

Akridge says he is now investing in $5,000 worth of security upgrades to his business.

If you have information on the case, call Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS.

 

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