Police in New Jersey have released surveillance video in hopes of finding the thieves who stole catalytic converters from a dozen school buses serving children with special needs.
The video shows at least two people running onto the lot at 20 Pioneer Blvd where the buses were parked before proceeding to take the converters. The buses serve the Burlington County Special Services School District and the Burlington County Institute of Technology, the latter of which provides technical and vocational training for high school and post-secondary students.
The thefts happened sometime between Sept. 17 and Sept. 20, Westampton Township Police Department Chief Stephen Ent said in a news release. The fence surrounding the lot was also damaged “in multiple areas,” he said.
Police added that the cost to repair the buses would range from $2,000 to $3,000 per vehicle.
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Superintendent Christopher Nagy said the district is currently leasing third-party buses to provide transportation. "Until the buses are able to be repaired, we will continue to use the third party buses for transportation," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westampton Township Police Department.