ADDISON - On the morning of Feb. 18, New Haven Trooper Andrew Leise responded to the report of a school bus theft from the Addison Central School in Addison.
Betcha Transit reported one of their school buses was stolen from the school sometime between Feb. 17 and the morning of Feb. 18. The bus was later located on Market Road in Bridport.
The operator of the bus lost control and came to rest in a field after striking a tree. The operator was not present when the bus was located. The bus sustained approximately $1,219 in damages and repair costs as reported by Betcha.
Follow up investigation was conducted and Jeremy P. Roberts, age 27, of Addison, was interviewed at the New Haven State Police Barracks Feb. 23.
Investigators learned that Roberts took the school bus without permission and subsequently wrecked it on Market Road.
Investigation revealed that Roberts also took four other school buses without permission over the past 2-3 years after losing his job at Betcha-Transit in Middlebury.
Roberts had been employed with Betcha-Transit in Middlebury as a bus driver.
Roberts was issued a citation for aggravated operation without owners consent as well as operation without owners consent and will be required to appear in Addison County District Court on March 22.
Middlebury Police Department Detective Vegar Boe also issued Roberts a citation for operation without owners consent in conjunction with the cases Middlebury P.D. was actively investigating.