MIDDLEBURY-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 its school buses was stolen from the school sometime between Wednesday Feb.17 and the morning of Feb. 18. The bus was later located on Market Road in Bridport.
The alleged operator of the bus, Jeremy P. Roberts, age 27, of Addison, lost control and came to rest in a field after striking a tree. He 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 Roberts was later interviewed at the New Haven State Police Barracks in New Haven Feb. 23.
Investigation revealed that Roberts took the school bus without permission and subsequently wrecked it on Market Road in Bridport.
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 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.