Bus thief & arsonist sought in Wayne County

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigating the theft and arson of a Wayne County school bus.

The bus, stolen from Buckatunna Elementary School, was found burned on Highway 45 in the Winchester Crossing area around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The bus, one of five new ones purchased recently by the Wayne County schools, will cost $65,000 to replace, officials say.

School officials say the crime is an example of a rising statewide trend of vandalism against school property.