ALBION, Ind. (WANE) — The bus is back.
A Central Noble Community School Corporation school bus stolen from a district lot at some point last weekend has been found in Fort Wayne.
Central Noble Superintendent Troy Gaff told WANE 15 this week that bus No. 9 had been left on an open lot in Albion on Oct. 1. District staff returned Monday and the bus was missing, he said.
The lot did not have any security cameras, gates, or locks. School officials told WANE 15 they weren’t sure what happened to the bus at first but ultimately came to the conclusion that the bus had been stolen.
School officials contacted the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, the Central Noble Police Department, and the Albion Police Department to look into the disappearance.
“This is a first for Central Noble and honestly I can’t remember this happening to another school,” said Gaff
“The bus is the property of the community. Thinking of the taxpayer, we’d appreciate it being returned and we are optimistic and have some leads that could potentially return the bus to the district.”
On Friday, that happened.
Goff said police received a tip Thursday night that the bus was seen in Allen County. It did not appear to have any damage, he said.
The bus was taken to the district’s bus garage. It will be fully inspected before it is put back into service.
It remains unclear who stole the bus. The case remains under investigation.