Owner of Scrap Yard Where Stolen Buses Were Found Charged in Unrelated Case
CHICAGO — The owner of a West Side scrap yard was found hiding in the rafters of his business, after police tracked eight stolen school buses that were found dismantled and destroyed to his business, prosecutors said Sunday.
But Sergio Quintero, 44, of the 2500 block of South Drake Avenue, wasn't charged in relation to the theft. Rather, he was charged felony possession of a title without an assignment for not having the title of a 1994 Nissan Altima.
Quintero, a Mexican citizen, was held on $25,000 bond, and required a translator.
On Friday, the eight school buses belonging to Sunrise Bus Company and Charter Services were found at Gonzalez Auto Parts, a scrap yard in the 3400 block of South Lawndale Avenue. The buses, which were equipped with GPS units, were stolen overnight and turned into heap of metal.
Police arrested two other people in connection to the crime. Police used the buses' GPS signals to track them to the scrap yard.
Prosecutors would not comment on Quintero's arrest in relation to the stolen buses.