Boy accused of stealing church bus for 7 mile joy ride

OSWEGO, Ill. -- A 12-year-old suburban Montgomery boy is accused of stealing a church bus last week.

It happened Thursday afternoon at Valley Baptist Church in Oswego. The boy made it all the way to Naperville before he was stopped.

The pastor believes he may have been looking for some candy on the bus when he found keys and decided to take off.

It was just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday when the boy rode his bike to the church. Surveillance video shows the boy arriving where the busses are parked. After a minute or two the video shows the bus starting up and heading for the exit.

The boy was able to maneuver the bus onto the street.

From there he drives about seven miles and is then stopped by police in Naperville.

Not long after, Valley Baptist Church Pastor David Hamphill got a call from the Kendall County Sherriff’s Office.

“They said, ‘A 12-year-old has taken one of your vehicles and we have it. No one has been hurt. The young person is ok. We just need someone to come pick up the vehicle,’” Pastor Hamphill said.

The boy was released to his parents and the pastor says the boy’s father reached out to him.

“His father called me and was remorseful and apologized and said he would take care of any of the costs that were involved,” Pastor Hamphill said. “I was very appreciative of that. He seemed like a very concerned dad and wanted to help his child.”

The pastor says the boy's father also plans on having him come back to the church and apologize.