PARKER-- When a 12-year-old boy, Michael Propst, allegedly stole a school bus last month and took it for a joy ride, a lot of people snickered.
One day after his release from the Department of Juvenile Justice, and police say he's done it again, but this time few people are laughing.
"They said, 'Mike, we got another bus missing.' I said, 'Please tell me it's not the little boy again.' That's exactly who it was," Bay District School Security Chief Mike Jones said.
Authorities ordered him held by the Department of Juvenile Justice for 21 days. "He was released from custody Tuesday and stole another bus," Jones said.
It all began around 7 a.m. Wednesday. The bus driver parked the bus at Parker Elementary School and hid the keys somewhere inside the bus.
"We learned through Springfield Police Department that a juvenile had stolen a car in their city and had apparently driven it to the area of Parker Schools," Parker Police Chief Charles Sweat said.
According to deputies, the car was stolen from one of Propst's family members.
"It just used for the purpose, or appears to be used, just for a mode of transportation. To get here to the area of Parker Schools to steal another bus." Sweat said.
Officials say he drove from Parker all the way to Franklin County. That's more than 75 miles, or an hour-and-a-half drive.
Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Franklin County Deputies began receiving calls about an erratic school bus driver. A deputy pulled over the bus and found Propst behind the wheel. Jones said, "He told him that somebody had loaned him the bus or gave him the bus. That was the story last time. One of my friends gave me the bus. Twelve years old, it's hard to believe. He was in trouble last time, but he's in serious trouble this time."
Sweat adds, "The legislature needs to change some of the guidelines as far as holding juveniles whenever the commit multiple and numerous felonies."
Jones assures the public that something like this will not happen again. New procedures are already in place. He said, "That won't happen no more. There won't be any keys hidden on any buses."
Police are still looking for the car Propst supposedly stole from a family member.
Fortunately, the school bus was not damaged.