PALM COAST, Fla. -- Flagler County Sheriff's detectives recovered on Monday another school bus in Palm Coast that had been reported stolen out of Alachua County.
The bus was being rented by Palm Harbor Academy. A check of two of the school buses Monday revealed one had been reported stolen.
The stolen bus was towed from the school site and will be returned to the Alachua County school district. The Palm Coast school had been renting the bus with the company paying for maintenance, gas and the driver.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested Alphonso Bernard Rock, owner of the Jacksonville company, on Aug. 4 on charges of theft of a motor vehicle less than $100,000.
A statewide investigation was launched several months ago when school districts in Florida and Georgia began reporting the thefts of school buses. Locally, the school district reported two All-American school buses were discovered missing from the bus garage on Aug. 8. Those buses were recovered near I-75 in Gainesville along with buses previously reported stolen from around Florida and Georgia.