School bus battery thefts leave students stranded

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 11:03 AM

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Thieves have given students in metro Atlanta a new excuse for missing class: The battery was stolen from my school bus.

Dekalb County Schools police say a total of 90 batteries have been stolen from the school buses since October.

WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1wbetJ6) that some students at Stone Mountain Middle School were late or didn't make it to school at all after the latest theft was discovered.

Authorities say the motive for the thefts is a mystery, though batteries can be resold on the black market.

DeKalb County Schools public safety director Don Smith says a suspect vehicle was caught on surveillance video: an older-model, black Ford Expedition. Police haven't identified the driver.

Smith says a task force has been created to investigate.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html