Three Juveniles Steal School Bus, Take It On 35 Mile Joyride

January 28, 2016

Three juveniles were arrested Wednesday night after they stole a full-sized school bus and drove it around Pensacola for almost three hours.

Brian Wilson, 11; Tyvon Sinclair, 11, and Catrina Montgomery, 14, all of Pensacola have been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Detective Christopher Forehand said the incident began around 7:30 p.m. when the juveniles found the door open and key in the ignition of a school bus parked at Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy, 1408 E. Blount St.

Forehand said Wilson started the bus and then drove it off the school grounds. The juveniles drove the bus around Pensacola – including on Interstate 110 – before a man called police to report it for being driven recklessly. The man said he was following the bus and that the driver was running over curbs and repeatedly driving in the opposing lane.

Two Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the bus around 10:15 p.m. in the 700 block of South Navy Blvd. near the front entrance to the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Wilson was driving the bus at the time. Forehand said the investigation determined all three juveniles drove the vehicle during a 35-mile trip around Pensacola.

All three juveniles were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice after they were arrested.


29 Responses to “Three Juveniles Steal School Bus, Take It On 35 Mile Joyride”

  1. sunshinegrl on February 3rd, 2016 1:09 pm

    For all of you that think the parents should be punished or even the bus driver must think they are perfect. I personally taught my children right from wrong and one chose to do right in life and the other chose wrong (now she is sitting in prison for her actions). All we can do as parents is teach our children that there are consequences to their actions and what they choose to do is their responsibility.

  2. William on January 29th, 2016 11:12 pm

    >Since they are minors. Should there names have been mentioned?

    The name of minor charged with a felony is public record in Florida. That is why their names were released by police.

  3. Michelle on January 29th, 2016 10:15 pm

    Since they are minors. Should there names have been mentioned? On a lighter side. Did they try to get on NAS and claim they were on a school trip?
    No, seriously though. It is amazing no one was hurt in a wreck during that time. And well done to the man who actually did something, by calling the police and keeping an eye on the situation. Well done sir.

  4. David Huie Green on January 29th, 2016 7:09 pm

    “Why let everybody and more ignorant kids know that ALL SCHOOL BUSES HAVE THE KEYS IN THEM…. HIDDEN!!!”

    They don’t as of yesterday.

    “Michelle, the court’s would put the blame on the school board ”

    Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy is not under the school board.
    I’m pretty sure nobody told the driver to leave the keys in the ignition, doubt the driver intended to do so.
    But, yes, everyone who ever forgets and leaves keys in a vehicle anywhere should be fired from whatever job they held and deported to Lower Slobovia.

    David for better Preparation
    and self-driving school buses

  5. David c. on January 29th, 2016 5:56 pm

    Mom and dad should be making the kids respect themselves and others. The court system should give all these kids a second chance. Right after they finish washing and cleaning every bus in Escambia county, however long that may take. The kids would never forget the experience and maybe just a little respect would be gained.

  6. WVUgirl on January 29th, 2016 1:31 pm

    According to the Latchkey website, Florida does not have a set law for age restrictions for children being left alone at home. The National SAFEKIDS Campaign “recommends” the age of 12, but each state has their own age restriction, Florida lists none.

  7. A Alex on January 29th, 2016 12:40 pm

    Michelle,the court’s would put the blame on the school board more than the parents. Key left in ignition. Driver should be fired

  8. Michelle on January 29th, 2016 10:57 am


    Yes, the kids did commit the crime. They should be punished. BUT… a responsible parent should ALWAYS know where their children are. Two 11 year olds and a 14 year old should be at home getting ready for bed or completing homework at 7:30pm! And if the excuse of the parents was “We weren’t at home”, well shame on them. The legal age of a child staying at home by themselves is 12 years old. I hope the parents realize that they themselves could have been in a WHOLE HEAP OF TROUBLE if these children had caused an accident or damaged property. They are truly blessed! The kids should punished with community service and butt whoopin! The parents should also receive some form of punishment as well.

  9. SMH on January 29th, 2016 8:36 am

    SMH @ some of the comments on here!
    Yes I did some things wrong when I was younger, but I got my butt whipped along with other things when I did!
    At that age my but had better been inside or where my parents KNEW I was at!
    If they would start holding parents accountable for what their children are doing now-a-days we would have much better children…
    Just in the last month we’ve had 11 yo’s stealing a school bus, a 13 or 14 yo shooting her BF and children under 16 yo posing with pistols on Facebook. Are these parents not monitoring their kids?
    If I saw my child on FB with a pistol, OMG, she would never want to see FB again!!!
    It wasn’t child abuse when I got my A** beat, it made me the person I am today!
    Until the parents step and make their children mind and know what they are doing its only going to get worse..
    And last, Stop blaming everyone else but your bad child and your bad parenting!!!!

  10. Yeah on January 29th, 2016 8:08 am

    Why let everybody and more ignorant kids know that ALL SCHOOL BUSES HAVE THE KEYS IN THEM…. HIDDEN!!! Yep its the PARENTS fault, the parents whp just told pensacola the keys are in the buses!!!!

  11. bewildered on January 29th, 2016 6:07 am

    I enjoyed reading the comments. Glad I grew up during a time were kids could be blamed , held responsible and punished for doing wrong. Maybe the butt whippings left irreversible damage to our sensitive emotional stability, but we knew that left out keys did not entitle to steal, knives were not meant to stab somebody, etc. etc. What will happen when we run out of people and things to blame when we do wrong?

  12. Mike Powers on January 29th, 2016 3:23 am

    Like David Green said…

  13. MomOfThree on January 28th, 2016 10:41 pm

    Blame the parents? Blame the bus driver? Blame grand theft auto….hahah!?!?! Really? Blame the kids!!! All children and teens do stupid stuff. Should they get in BIG trouble? Yes! Not able to drive until the age of 21….no. That is just stupid. 10 years of no license for a crime committed at the age of 11?? Quit putting blame on parents and others for the actions of children committing a crime. That’s why kids now days are so in titled. Blame them, they did it!!! Not the parents nor the bus driver.

  14. Old man on January 28th, 2016 10:37 pm

    I had to laugh a little..reminded me of the times my brothers and I hopped a slow moving train and rode the rails from Pensacola to New Orleans for the day…more than once..

  15. molinoman on January 28th, 2016 9:49 pm

    Yep, we live in an age where our youth learn to car jack and drive CDL class vehicles by playing Grand Theft Auto. Enjoy.

  16. Molino Mom on January 28th, 2016 9:00 pm

    I think the three KIDS should get in trouble for what they did. Let’s no pounish them from obtaining their drivers license until they are 21. We need to teach them a lesson, not set them up for failure. If they are not able to drive how will they get to and from work? They will drive illegally or not work at all and live off the system (meaning tax payers). Make them do community service. The only way they are going to learn from this is if we teach them a lesson. I also believe that if the parents get in a little trouble too, they would more then likely keep a better eye on their kids (Maybe). As for the bus driver I believe they should get in trouble too.

  17. Dola on January 28th, 2016 8:28 pm

    I couldn’t help but grin and laugh just a little reading this. The kids in the wrong for what they’ve done? Of course! But don’t most people have a story to tell about something crazy they did back in the day? Heck, I got too many to count! :-)

  18. David Huie Green on January 28th, 2016 7:39 pm

    “Why in the world would the bus driver leave the key in the bus?
    I don’t care if it was parked at a school.
    That driver was careless!”

    That’s like saying,
    “Why in the world would the bus driver leave the key in her house?”

    You have to illegally trespass, enter, steal to get the keys either way.
    Up until extremely recently, those were the instructions other than in areas known to have lots of undomesticated humans preying on one and all.

    As to why, because you need to be able to use a bus and the normal driver might be injured, unable to get to the bus or even to have died. If the bus is here and the key is there. The bus is going to do nothing useful without a key.

    But let us not concentrate on the trespass, vandalizing, theft, public endangerment involved in what these sweetlings did, let us criticizes the driver, placing the blame on the one who followed instructions and accuse the school systems of placing the keys where they could steal the bus as part of their
    Evil Master Plan to form a pipeline from the schools to the prisons.

    It has been noticed that people who get in trouble in school and elsewhere when juveniles are often in prison as adults. Rather than contemplating the fact that both were caused by the actions and attitudes of the individuals, the schools are blamed for not doing what nobody else could do either: keep some people from growing up to be predators, psychopaths, sociopaths, sadists, molesters, liars, thieves, bad guys.
    Some are simply crazy.
    Some grow up having never seen or heard what good behavior looks like.

    “My child would never do that,
    The parents will proclaim,
    And even if he did it,
    Surely you’re the one to blame!”

    David for better scapegoats

  19. Mike on January 28th, 2016 7:30 pm

    LOL! Just when ya think kids have no suds these days, a trio goes & pulls this! :)

    On a more somber note, I’m glad no one was hurt, this could’ve ended in tragedy. Bus drivers mind your keys! :(

  20. CW on January 28th, 2016 7:13 pm

    I knew better than to pull a stunt like this when I was 11 years old, even if keys were left in an ignition. Sounds like bad parenting to me. So many kids are taught nowadays they can do whatever they want and there won’t be any consequences.

  21. Puddin on January 28th, 2016 7:00 pm

    Jackie and Pattie, leaving keys on the bus WAS protocol. But they are supposed to be hidden, not left in the ignition. Also, please don’t damn all bus drivers for the mistake of one. We are hard working individuals who transport the Counties children millions of miles a year, safely. (Check our districts records. We are very safe).

    Those kids messed up big time. Their parents have some questions to answer, but having been a child, I know I did stuff my parents didn’t know about. Any honest person will say the same.

    Here’s hoping that their lives aren’t ruined by this choice. Yes, it was very wrong, but they are kids. Unless they have a history of juvinial delinquency I’d say restict their licences until 21-25. Lots and lots of hours of community service, and let their parents tan their hides.

  22. Me on January 28th, 2016 6:21 pm

    Why is it the bus drivers fault. Teach your kids right from wrong. Don’t blame no one but the guilty ones. That’s the problem everyone wants to blame the victim.

  23. Ann Benner on January 28th, 2016 5:41 pm

    Gotta always be the bus driver fault !!! ALL BUSES HAVE THE KEYS LEFT IN THEM !!
    The county figures only a idiot would steal a school bus !!! Who would drive around a big yellow bus if you were hiding from the law !!!!!

  24. Former Bus Driver on January 28th, 2016 5:31 pm

    Everyone questioning the keys: all of the bus drivers are told to leave the keys on the bus so that they can be available just in case a substitute driver is needed, this is not the bus drivers fault

  25. Jackie Murray on January 28th, 2016 4:43 pm

    The bus driver did wrong and it should be handled. The parents should have known that their kids were not at home and they should bear some responsibility. These kids are all old enough to know that they were doing wrong. They not only put themselves in danger but also everyone on the road with them. Someone said don’t give them driving “privileges” until they are 21 but I don’t think they should be allowed to drive for a very long time.. They used that privilege already.

  26. Dewey on January 28th, 2016 4:36 pm

    glad no one was hurt, whoop that butt though….and the county/state should not let them have their driving “privileges” until 21.

  27. diane on January 28th, 2016 4:32 pm

    My question …. where were the parents of these young kids when they were not home at 8, 9 and 10 at night.

  28. kevin enfinger on January 28th, 2016 4:17 pm

    reguardless of the key stiuation the keys for those busses are all the same they all fit other busses. one key for those years

  29. patti on January 28th, 2016 3:24 pm

    Why in the world would the bus driver leave the key in the bus? I don’t care if it was parked at a school. That driver was careless! Plus those kids better be glad they aren’t mine?