Authorities in Lafayette County are investigating after someone vandalized some school buses used by the Odessa School District.
The vandalism was discovered about 6:15 a.m. Monday when bus drivers went to start up their buses and routes. The thieves took batteries from four school buses parked in the district's bus terminal.
According to Odessa School Superintendent Robert Brinkley, the theft occurred between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning with eight batteries cut and removed from the buses.
The batteries were taken from spare units, and didn't cause any disruption in service for the district's approximately 900 students.
Brinkley said the buses were taken from spare units.
The bus terminal is located about a mile from town in a remote area, and it's fenced, so the superintendent believes whomever stole the batteries had knowledge not only of the location, but also how, and where, the buses are parked.
Brinkley said this is the second time in three months batteries have been stolen from the district's buses - part of a larger battery theft problem in Lafayette County.
He also says the batteries are large and have some value in the salvage business.
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