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UPDATE: 12-Year-Old in Custody After Stealing School Bus for Second Time

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Before noon Wednesday Parker Police were dealing with their second stolen Bay District school bus in just under a month. The call came in to Parker Chief of Police Chief Sweatt.  

"They had a bus stopped with a juvenile driver," said Sweatt."Our initial reaction was 'oh no, not again.'" 

Sweatt sent an officer to Franklin County to pick up 12-year-old Michael Propst and have him returned to Bay County. The same juvenile that, in June, took a bus on a joyride that ended at the Walmart in Panama City Beach.  

"He's not unruly or resists arrest or anything of that nature from what I understand," said Sweatt. "He's just into stealing vehicles."

Police say less than 24 hours after appearing in court Propst stole a car from his aunt in Springfield and ended up at Parker Elementary where he stole the bus and drove it more than two hours to Franklin County. 

"When we were advised that it was the same juvenile driving the bus that had been responsible for the last bus theft from Parker we said 'No way,'" said Sweatt. 

And the drive was more of a feat than authorities in Parker and Franklin county may have realized. Lights in Port St. Joe were down preparing for the new Cape San Blas lighthouse and Propst would have driven right through officers who were directing traffic early Wednesday morning.  


Police say that a 12-year-old charged in June with stealing a school bus and taking it on a joyride has done it again.

According to the Parker Police Department and Bay District Schools, 12-year-old Michael Propst is charged with taking a bus from a compound at Parker Elementary School and driving it to Franklin County Tuesday evening.

In June, Propst was charged with taking a bus and driving it from the same location to the Wal-Mart on Front Beach Road, a distance of 15 miles.

This time, the youth drove the bus to Franklin County, a distance of more than 55 miles.

News 13 will have more on this story tonight on Live at Five and News 13 at Six.