Police: Saudi Arabian national stole Livingston school bus

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Pennsylvania in the theft of a school bus from Livingston.

News 12 Staff

Jan 19, 2023, 5:16 PM

Updated 460 days ago

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Authorities have arrested a man they say stole a school bus in Essex County. The search for the thief included multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.
Officials say that a 22-year-old man was arrested in Pennsylvania. His name was not released, but a spokesperson for the Livingston Police Department says that the suspect is a Saudi Arabian national. His charges include motor vehicle theft, criminal damage and criminal trespass.
“It’s bad. We have to do something in this country to control our schools. Make them safe for the kids,” says Peggy, a Livingston resident.
The Newark branch of the FBI tells News 12 that there is “no threat to public safety at this time.”
Although there were no students on the school bus at the time of the theft, the incident left some in Livingston on guard.
“We got some kind of warning saying that if you have a kid that takes the bus, make sure they recognize the bus driver and all that,’ says Daniele, another Livingston resident.
Police say the bus was taken from one of the parking lots in town, although it was unclear which one. Not all of the buses in the lots were locked when News 12 went by on Thursday.
The Livingston school superintendent wrote in a statement, "Our students and families know their bus drivers and should feel comfortable riding the buses. Our bus drivers always wear district identification as well."
Officials say that they believed the suspect acted alone in stealing the bus.


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