KELLER, Texas - Fort Worth police arrested four suspects for vandalizing several school buses in north Fort Worth.
The buses were operated by Durham School Services for the Keller Independent School District. They were parked outside Fossil Ridge High School early Monday morning. Six of the buses had to be taken out of service because of busted windows, slashed tires and hoses that were cut.
Police credit a Keller ISD bus driver for not only reporting suspicious activity, but actually locating the suspects a short time later. Cops were called out about 5 a.m. Monday by the driver. Later that morning, while driving her route, she noticed the group of men she had seen earlier and called cops again.
Patrol officers responded and arrested all four men, ranging in age from 19 to 27 years old. They’re accused of causing $3,500 in damages to 6 school buses.
“They destroyed tires, they destroyed radiators, they tried to cut brake lines. They destroyed the actual pull out stop signs on the bus, which is actually alerts cars as they pass by. They destroyed those and try to tear them off as well,” said Tracy Carter, Fort Worth PD.
A spokeswoman for Durham School Services released a statement saying “We are proud of our driver, who this morning, saw unauthorized people in the bus lot. We thank her and the police for their swift actions and look forward to a good school year.”
Arresting officers say the men appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance.
Police say they do not have a motive for the vandalism, but one of the suspects confessed and all four of the men are charged with felony criminal mischief.