From Bay News 9
LAKE WALES -- Three teenagers have been arrested for stealing a school bus and taking it for an 180-mile joyride before returning it.
The bus, belonging to Lake Wales Charter Schools, was stolen from Lake Wales High School between August 31 at 10:30 p.m. and September 1 at 4:30 a.m.
According to Lake Wales Police, the teens found the bus unsecured with the keys still inside.
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Police said those teenagers took the school bus for a joyride to different locations including Lake Wales, Frostproof, Winter Haven, and Waverly. During their trip, they picked up three other teenagers, police said.
When they were done, police said the teenagers returned the bus and parked it where they had stolen it from.
The teens, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, were arrested for grand theft auto and trespassing on school property.
The bus, which is valued at $53,243 was returned with no reported damage.