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Teen steals Cleveland city bus for early morning joyride

A teenage boy in Ohio is in police custody after he stole a city bus early Thursday and took it for a five-mile joyride before he was arrested, according to local reports.

Officials said the bus had minor damage, including a cracked window and a smashed mirror, after the 16-year-old broke into the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and boarded a bus that was in for maintenance and started it, RTA spokesperson Mary Shaffer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


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“There are no keys,” Shaffer said. “It’s an intricate series of buttons.”

The teen then allegedly drove the bus in the city for about five miles before police tracked him down. An RTA supervisor spotted the bus at 5:43 a.m., parked miles away with the teen at the wheel.

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RTA police took the teen into custody and turned him over to the Cleveland police, Shaffer said.

In a statement, RTA police said that the teen's identify would not be released because he is a juvenile. 

The RTA is investigating the breach of security, Shaffer said, adding that the building has security fencing and cameras but no overnight security guards. RTA police patrol the facility at night. 

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