It’s healthy for a kid to have a hobby, but 12-year-old Michael Probst should probably find a new one.
Police arrested the boy earlier this week in Carrabelle, Florida for allegedly driving erratically in a school bus. Police were surprised that someone so young could commit grand theft auto, but stealing school buses isn’t new to Probst. Three weeks ago he was arrested for stealing a different school bus, and he’d only been out of the Department of Juvenile Justice for one day prior to this new apparent misadventure.
“He just got out…yesterday on the last case where he stole the bus from us,” said a school official.
Getting into and starting the vehicles wasn’t that difficult; it’s standard practice for the school district’s drivers to leave keys inside the buses. The Bay District Schools safety director says that this will now be reevaluated. (If a 12-year-old can steal two buses in one month, imagine how many a 15-year-old with a learner’s permit could steal.)
Thankfully, there were no injuries or passengers aboard the bus. The kid may be reckless, but he’s not totally dumb — he “invoked his Fifth Amendment right by saying nothing to anybody,” a police officer said. Still, “It sticks out like a sore thumb…”