A group of teens allegedly stole a school bus from a bus driver's driveway before abandoning the vehicle at the intersection of Sergeant and Jasper Streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
For the Philadelphia school bus theft, the bus driver's daughter said the teens deserve a "whupping." They could get that and auto theft charges as well.
The theft of the school bus occurred at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Three teens reportedly went to the bus driver's home and hotwired the bus before taking it on a joyride.
The kids abandoned the bus at an intersection and took off. So far, none of the teens have been identified or caught. The bus driver discovered the missing bus when she returned home from a funeral; her family told news reporters that the teens deserved a spanking, reports the Inquirer.
If the teens are charged as adults that will likely get a lot more than a whupping when they are caught. Stealing a motor vehicle is considered a class 3 felony in Pennsylvania. For the crime, the thieves could face up to seven years in jail.
However, given the fact that the suspects are teens, and likely were playing a practical joke, it seems doubtful that they will be charged as adults or face any jail time. A juvenile under the age of 18 charged with an offense usually faces trial in juvenile court. If convicted, they could avoid a criminal record and prison.
Three teens are wanted in a Philadelphia school bus theft. The teens probably just played too much Grand Theft Auto, and will likely avoid adult charges.
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