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2 charged with stealing, destroying Anne Arundel Co. school bus

A school bus that police said had been stolen in Anne Arundel County was recovered in the area of Governors Bridge Road and Strawberry Run in Davidsonville.
A school bus that police said had been stolen in Anne Arundel County was recovered in the area of Governors Bridge Road and Strawberry Run in Davidsonville. (Photo provided by Anne Arundel County Police Department)

A pair of people drunkenly stole an empty Anne Arundel County school bus, crashed it twice, smashed out the windows and tried to torch it before ditching it in the woods in Davidsonville Tuesday morning, police said.

The motive? Travis Edward Champagne and Nicole Jo-Ann Adams, charged in the incident, were "looking for change to purchase cigarettes," police said.

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During a search, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Aviation Unit spotted the bus badly damaged under power lines near Governor's Bridge and Strawberry Run roads just before 9 a.m., police said.

Someone later told police they saw two suspicious people in the area at about 6:15 a.m., 45 minutes after bus No. 874 was reported missing from its Crownsville parking lot. The witness' suspect description matched the two on the bus' surveillance video, police said.

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Champagne and Adams crashed the bus into a BGE tower, then again in the Davidsonville woods, where they set it on fire and left it, police said. After the second crash, the two drove east on Governor's Bridge Road in a dark SUV, the witness told police. Officers found and arrested them at a home in the 700 block of Governor's Bridge around noon, police said.

Champagne and Adams face burglary, theft, destruction of property and arson charges, police said.

Arrest records had not yet been posted to the state's online database Tuesday evening, and no phone number was listed for either of their addresses.

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