Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2014

Three arrested in school bus theft

RICHLANDS, Va. — Three people have been charged in connection with the theft of a school bus from the campus of Richlands High School.

Three adults and two juveniles took the school activity bus from the high school complex, according to Richlands Police Chief Frank Dorton. The school bus was later located at 2:47 a.m. on the morning of June 27 on the athletic field of Southwest Virginia Community College.

“And at that time there were five individuals caught with the bus,” Dorton said. “They (campus police) in return called us and reported the bus being there.”

Dorton said Kevin Todd McGlothlin, 20, of Cedar Bluff, Va., Chelsea Noel Perkins, 18, of Raven, and Christopher Michael Paul, 18, of Doran were all arrested and charged with one count of grand larceny, one count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and one count of trespassing on school property.

Dorton said charges are pending against the two juveniles also located with the stolen school bus.

Police are still investigating why the three adults stole the school bus. Dorton said officials also are still trying to figure out how one of the three individuals apparently obtained the keys used to operate the school bus.

Dorton said there was no damage to the school bus. However, he said the football field at SWCC may have been damaged as a result of the school bus being driven onto the field.

The incident remains under investigation by Sgt. J. Gilbert with the Richlands police.

The school activity bus that was stolen is used to transport students and teams to athletic events and other related functions, Tazewell County School Superintendent Christine Kinser said.

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