The 13-year-old Flowery Branch boy who took a couple of Hall County school buses for a spin around a bus shop parking lot has become a news media sensation. Or at least his driving has.
Surveillance video of the teen’s late-night joyrides Monday at the bus shop on Atlanta Highway has been broadcast by Atlanta-area television network affiliates, with Hall County sheriff’s and school officials being inundated with requests for the video Thursday and Friday.
Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said the boy apparently scaled the fence at the bus shop, even though it was topped with barbed wire.
The boy, who was described by authorities as short for his age, spent more than an hour driving two school buses around the parking lot, and appeared from the video to do a serviceable job backing one bus into its spot.
“He parked them right back where (the bus drivers) left them,” Higgins said. The buses were not damaged, Higgins said.
Hall County Sheriff’s officials said the same night, the boy broke into a home on Wakefield Drive, cutting a screen on a garage window.
He took a cell phone and keys to a Chevrolet Trailblazer, which he took out for a ride, returning it with mud on the tires.
The next day at about 2 p.m., the boy allegedly broke into a home on Daffodil Drive in Flowery Branch by crawling through a window, taking a video game system, some clothing and loose change.
The crime spree was finally stopped when a deputy picked him up shortly after the Flowery Branch burglary. He was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center on charges of burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle.
The boy’s name has not been released because of his age.