12 year old boy accused of stealing school bus

Published 06/24 2014 09:21PM

Updated 07/08 2014 09:28AM

A 12-year old Bay County boy was charged with stealing a school bus and using it to take an early morning a joy ride.

Michael Wade Probst was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly drove the bus from near Tyndall Air Force base to Wal-Mart on Front Beach Road----a distance of about 15 miles.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office said in a written press release that an officer conducted a traffic stop after Wal-Mart told dispatchers bus was being driven in an erratic manner. Investigators say it appears the vehicle was vandalized with damage in excess of $2,000. The keys had apparently been left in the bus overnight.

Probst was charged with Grand Theft and Felony Criminal Mischief.

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