Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Calgary Bus Camera Catch Bus Thief

CALGARY- Calgary Police have arrested a second man in a transit bus theft over the weekend.

Robert Allen Smith, 29, has been charged with theft over $5000, dangerous driving and several other charges.

Surveillance video released earlier this week showed two men joyriding in a stolen Calgary

Transit bus resulted in police arresting one of the suspects in a matter of hours.

A tipster called police Monday night after recognizing one of two men who were recorded by the bus's on-board camera after taking the vehicle at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

"It's definitely a great indication Of The Power Of Video," Acting Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul said.

The culprits stole the full-sized bus as it sat idling in the 7200 block of 52nd Street S.E. while the driver took a bathroom break inside a fast-food outlet.

Police estimate the joyride lasted about 20 to 25 minutes before the culprits abandoned the bus on Penworth Close S.E.

All the while, a camera recorded the men as they drove north in the bus, damaging at least two vehicles in the process.