Update on March 14, 2017: The Knoxville Police Department found a stolen Knox County special education school bus at Manor View Apartments on Tuesday morning.
The owner of the bus reported it stolen from a storage unit on Lovell Road on Monday morning.
The Knox County Sherriff’s Office said a suspect was seen at the Weigel’s at 9729 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville on Monday. The man left without paying for $59 of gas, according to KCSO.
KCSO is investigating and searching for the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (865)215-2243.
Original Story on Monday, March 13, 2017: The owner of a Knox County Schools special education bus says it was stolen from a storage lot of Lovell Road Monday morning.
According to a Knox County Sheriff's Office report, the bus was stolen around 8:15 a.m.
The owner told sheriff's office deputies that he discovered the bus was gone after Knox County Transportation contacted him because the bus had been at a Weigel's gas station and left without paying for the gas, prompting store officials to call the transportation department.
The owner told sheriff's deputies the bus shouldn't have been in use since Knox County Schools are out for spring break this week.
The bus says "Knox County Schools" on the side and has a wheelchair ramp. The bus is valued at $8,000.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact the sheriff's office at (865)215-2243.