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Suspected Wythe County school bus thief arrested in Roanoke

Bus damaged after hitting other cars in the lot and running over the gate as it left the property

Jorge Luis Olivares, 38, of Los Angeles, was arrested on Sept. 16, 2020 for grand larceny,
Jorge Luis Olivares, 38, of Los Angeles, was arrested on Sept. 16, 2020 for grand larceny, (Wytheville Police Department)

WYTHE COUNTY, Va.UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020 - 4:52 p.m.

Wytheville Police have identified the man they say is responsible for stealing a Wythe County school bus on Sunday.

Jorge Luis Olivares, 38, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon for grand larceny, according to authorities.

He is charged with grand larceny of a vehicle, felony destruction of property, eight counts of trespassing into a vehicle and obstruction of justice.

Detectives tracked him down at a hotel in Roanoke.


UPDATE: Sept. 15, 2020 - 9:45 a.m.

Surveillance images of the man authorities  believe stole a Wythe County school bus on Sept. 13, 2020.
Surveillance images of the man authorities believe stole a Wythe County school bus on Sept. 13, 2020. (Wythe County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities have released more information on the man they suspect stole a Wythe County school bus that was found in Roanoke.

According to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is a man in his mid-30s who goes by Jorge Olivares or George Lopez.

He has tattoos on both arms and authorities say he is known to frequent Wytheville, Radford and Roanoke.

The bus was stolen on Sunday around 5:30 a.m. from the Wythe County School Bus Garage and was found later that day in Roanoke behind a restaurant.

Anyone with information is asked to call 276-223-3300 or email wpdtips@wytheville.org.

UPDATE: Sept. 14, 2020 - 2:01 p.m.

The Wytheville Police Department has released information about the man it belives stole a school bus early Sunday morning and drove it to Roanoke.

The bus, which was stolen from the Wythe County School Bus Garage at about 5:20 a.m. was found abandoned Sunday afternoon behind a restaurant in Roanoke, according to police.

That restaurant is on Thirlane Road in Roanoke County, according to county police.

The suspect is believed to be in his mid-30s and has multiple tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information about this man or the stolen school bus is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 276-223-3300 or e-mail wpdtips@wytheville.org.


UPDATE: Sept. 14, 2020 - 11:55 a.m.

The stolen bus was found Sunday in Roanoke, according to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and school system need your help finding a bus some allegedly took Saturday night.

School bus number 32 was taken from the county bus garage, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

Update 9-13-20 @ 3 PM Bus was located in Roanoke. Thanks for all your shares. BOL 9-13-20 Please Be On the Lookout...

Posted by Wythe County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, September 13, 2020

The bus should have damage to it since it struck other vehicles in the lot and ran over the gate as it exited the property.

If you see Bus 32, please 911 or contact the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office at 276-223-6000.


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