Witness followed, led deputies to stolen Trailways bus


by KREM.com


Posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. --  Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man accused of stealing a Trailways NW bus from the bus depot in downtown Spokane Monday morning.

A Greyhound employee told KREM 2 a driver came in from Lewiston around 8 a.m.  The passengers got out, got their luggage, and the driver left the bus running to go inside to the restroom, according to the employee.  That's when a "tall, skinny guy" hopped in and drove off.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Ofc. reported a witness saw the man stealing the bus, followed it, and helped authorities track it down.

Spokane Police officers searched the area for over an hour.

Officers broadcast the stolen vehicle information to local law enforcement agencies as well as through Spokane Media. 

After hearing about the stolen bus, a citizen in the area of the Ponderosa neighborhood observed the bus north on Dishman-Mica Rd. The citizen immediately called 911, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Spokane Police officers responded.

Spokane County Deputies recovered the bus near Savage Land Pizza on 8th and Dishman-Mica Rd, nearly 7 miles away. 

The man who took the bus was identified as 22 year old Sam McDonald.

McDonald did not initially comply with officer’s commands, but after about 10 minutes, he exited the bus. McDonald was taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle and booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Sheriff’s officials said McDonald was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Sunday night and escaped sometimes Sunday evening or Monday morning.