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8 school buses stolen, turned into scrap

Eight huge school buses- reduced to a two-story pile of scrap in a Chicago salvage yard.

They were taken from a transportation company on the Far South Side overnight Thursday. By Friday night, four people were in police custody, suspected of stealing and chopping the buses for scrap metal.

The thieves appear not to have noticed the GPS. Chicago police used it to track the 75-passenger buses’ every move after leaving Sunrise Transportation.

The police activity came as a big shock to scrap metal collectors like Alberto Estrella, who showed up at SRV Metal Scrapper in the 3400 block of South Lawndale late Friday hoping to sell some old steel.

“I’m surprised,” he said when he found the entrance blocked. “My friend told me about this place, that they’re open 24 hours.”

That they kept odd hours was not in dispute. SRV’s neighbors say they always found that suspicious.

Among the four arrested was the salvage company’s owner, who allegedly tried to evade police by hiding in the building’s rafters.

The buses, all relatively new, are worth an estimated $65,000 each. About $2,000 worth of scrap metal.


30 Comments to “8 school buses stolen, turned into scrap”

    Brian Millersmith said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Hmmm… probably another White Collar Crime committed by 20-something financial whiz-bangs.
    Yeah, right. Why not turn them over to the parents of the kids who RIDE these (poor former) buses? Let them SHRED the Hell out of THEM?!?!?!

    jeff said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    fast and furious………………………………………. gone bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tired of Morons said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I love chimp balls! I put them in my mouth and swish them around.

    Brian Millersmith said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    OK, it is REALLY:
    SRV Metal Scrapper, 3405 S. Lawndale Avenue

      elyserussowgntv responded:
      March 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      This has been fixed. Thanks.

    kirby1414 said:
    March 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    8 buses – and no one SAW anything??? Are people BLIND??? Com'n – Who is going to pay for this – litteraly and with punishment. REALLY??? 8 schools buses – - traveling NOT during normal school time – - This makes absolutely NO sense to me…What are those buses worth?? Does this have something to do with the possible school closings???
    I cannot WAIT to see the mug shots of these tools!!

      theadley71 said:
      March 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      The scrap yard saw something…

    kid1339 said:
    March 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I don't guess pork chop Lewis was in one of them . HA HA

    sadsack said:
    March 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    This is great way to start jobs and get small business going again …….Look how the cops used the GPS to find the scrape……..Have to love chicago actions heheheheheh

    Rstar said:
    March 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    They should close SRV DOWN!!!!!!!!

    pagan69 said:
    March 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    It will be interesting to see what else they find! Bares Watching.

    keeping real said:
    March 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    can you say costa nostra!!! or something like that!!!

      kirby1414 said:
      March 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      How about 'Chicago-nostra'??

    BurritoKing said:
    March 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    There is NO WAY 2009 school buses of ANY make are worth $65,000 each. They were probably that much when they were new, but not 4 years later.

      MrDux said:
      March 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      School busses are going for $110K new

    Todd Pardee said:
    March 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Did those Swedish kids get loose from Andersonville again and go out raising hell on as south side?

      kirby1414 said:
      March 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Todd – I'm Swedish, and I didn't get the call… and I was up for some fun last night – DARN!

    Charles said:
    March 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    My car was stolen about a year ago still hasn't been found. These guys may have scraped it. I wouldn't be surprised if there are other stolen cars on the property. At yourself when was the last time you have seen a police officer pull over a tow truck? Never cars are being stolen everyday there's technology to comebat these crimes through the use of street camera and good old fashion police work.

    Greg W. said:
    March 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    That scrap yard should be sold to highest bidder and that money used to buy new buses

    buslady said:
    March 9, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    I am a school bus driver, and didn't know about the GPS trackers until a month after I'd started driving-I just always minded my road manners because my company's buses have multi-camera video and audio recording that runs from the time you put the key in until ten minutes after the bus is shut down. I wonder if the stolen buses had video recorders? If they did and the recordings survived, it might help them to understand just HOW the buses were taken there.

    pagan69 said:
    March 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    When better crimes and criminals are developed they will be from Chicago look at the contributions Illinois has made in political crime alone.

    DrGilmore said:
    March 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    This is a sad, funny, troubleing story. Take your pick…….

    Guest said:
    March 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Hey Charles ever heard of LoJack?

    eyetweaks said:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    amputate both legs and arms and otherlimbs if theyre larger than one inch which i doubt.

    theadley71 said:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    At what point do the scrap yards become accountable?

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