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CAB School Buses Found Unlocked with Keys in Ignition: K-town Police
July 8, 2009 - While doing a routine police patrol of the Knightstown Intermediate School grounds last week, a Knightstown police officer discovered three unlocked school buses with keys in the ignition.
Knightstown Police Department officer Anthony Lorton discovered a bus with its door open during the early morning hours of July 2. Upon further investigation, he found that the keys to the bus were still in the ignition.
According to Lorton's report, he then proceeded to check CAB's other buses. Although he found no others with their doors open, he did discover two more that were unlocked with keys in the ignition.
Lorton's report indicated he took the keys back with him to the KPD. CAB Superintendent Gary Storie told The Banner on Tuesday that he believed Knightstown Chief of Police Danny Baker returned the keys to CAB bus mechanic Nelson White on Monday.
When The Banner first called Storie about this matter on Monday, he was not aware that the police had found the three unlocked buses with keys in them, and said he would have to look into it. On Tuesday, he provided few details of what he had learned.
"It was a breakdown in procedures," Storie told The Banner yesterday. "It was overlooked. It certainly is a situation that is not acceptable. We want our buses to be locked and secured."
Storie said he did not "particularly want to name names" of the employees responsible for leaving the keys in the ignition of unlocked buses. However, he did say the matter is being addressed "administratively and internally."
"We want to make sure procedures are in place so it doesn't happen again," Storie said.
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