Stolen Knoxville school bus recovered in Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Knoxville police say said a stolen school bus has been recovered in Georgia and a warrant has been issued against a suspect.

Capt. Gary Holliday of the Criminal Investigation Division said Thursday an auto theft warrant was obtained against Robert Douglas Noe, 20, of Knoxville.

Officers said earlier that the image of the suspect was captured by a camera on the bus. An electronic system on the bus triggers the camera when the vehicle is driven in a rough or unsafe way. The system relayed the images by satellite to the bus owner.

Gentry School Bus Lines reported the bus missing Monday from its facility in Fountain City.

Owner William Gentry Jr. said the bus was damaged, but he hoped to have it ready for the beginning of school on Monday.

The vehicle was left at a truck stop off Interstate 75 south of Macon, Ga. It was recovered Thursday night.

Holliday said police believe they know where the suspect is.


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