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School buses stolen, scrapped

Eight school buses were stolen from the Far South Side overnight and driven to a salvage yard, where they were cut apart and shredded into a two-story pile of scrap, police said.

Three people are in custody.

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A man from Calumet City is in custody in connection with stealing and scrapping eight school buses.

calumetcitymanchargedtheftPolice say Angel Bivanco, 19, helped drive several other suspects from the Sunrise Bus Company to a scrap yard last month.

GPS tracking devices led police to what was left of the stolen buses.

Each bus had been torn apart, and its pieces sold for about $3,500.

The scrap yard owner was also arrested.

The owner of a scrap yard on the Far South Side is being held by Chicago Police, after being accused of helping thieves steal and scrap 8 school buses.

Sergio Quintero, 44, was charged late Saturday night with illegal possession of auto titles.  The buses were taken from the Sunrise bus company early Friday morning.

Each bus was shredded, and the scrap was sold for roughly $3,500 per bus.

GPS tracking devices led police to what was left of them.

Police arrested three other people on Friday.

The owner of a south side scrap yard is being held on $25,000 dollars bond for allegedly helping thieves steal and then scrap eight school buses.

Sergio Quintero is charged with illegal possession of auto titles.

Police say they found the scraps of the stolen buses, embedded with GPS tracking devices after being taken from the Sunrise Bus Company early Friday morning.

The buses had been shredded and the scrap sold for about $3500 dollars a bus.

Police took three others into custody on Friday.

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.

Eight school buses were stolen from the Far South Side overnight and driven to a salvage yard, where they were cut apart and shredded into a two-story pile of scrap, police said.

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