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Teen who stole, crashed bus faces additional charges

Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 04:40 PM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

LANCASTER -- City police have filed additional charges against a teenager accused of stealing a school bus and crashing it.

Ryan Edward Brock, 19, of the 600 block of North Pine Street, Lancaster, was arrested Sept. 12, following a series of burglaries and auto thefts in Lancaster City and East Lampeter Township that ended when Brock crashed a stolen school bus in East Lampeter Township.

Brock was also the subject of several other investigations.It was determined that overnight April 17 to 18, he stole a 2004 Dodge Neon from the 600 block of North Mary Strett by pretending to be the vehicle’s owner and having a locksmith make a key for this vehicle. 

Sometime between April 12 through 19, Brock stole a license plate from a 1997 Honda in the 600 block of College Avenue. Brock later placed this stolen plate on the Dodge Neon. Brock later drove the Dodge Neon to a parking lot in the 900 block of North Shippen Street and made arrangements to have the vehicle sold for scrap.

On April 23, Brock was waiting for a tow truck to arrive to take the Neon to a scrap yard but fled when he saw police arriving in the area. The Dodge Neon was recovered. As a result of this investigation, Brock was charged with one count of felony theft by unlawful taking and one count of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

On Aug. 26, a business in the 400 block of West Frederick Street reported that a license plate was stolen from a van owned by the business during the night of Aug. 22. On Aug. 28, police officers took a report of a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van that was stolen from a car dealership in the 1200 block of Manheim Pike.

This theft occurred sometime between Aug. 14 through 28. It was determined that Brock stole the van and the license plate, placed the stolen plate on the van, and drove the van to Delaware. The van and license plate have not been recovered. Brock was charged with one count of felony theft by unlawful taking and one count of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

On Sept. 5, Manheim Township police took a report of a stolen 2011 Audi A4 from the Autohaus car dealership, located in the 1300 block of Manheim Pike.

On Sept. 5, a resident of the 700 block of State Street reported that her vehicle’s license plate had been stolen. It was determined that Brock stole this vehicle and license plate. The vehicle was later recovered near Lancaster Country Day School with the stolen plate attached.

During this same time frame, Brock also removed a wallet from an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the Chapman Ford lot, located in the 1400 block of Manheim Pike.

Brock used credit cards that were in the wallet to make several purchases at various locations, including the Sunoco in the 1100 block of Harrisburg Pike, the Amtrak train station on McGovern Avenue, Yellow Cab, and a Burger King.

Brock also attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards to purchase a car from Cheap Heaps, located in the 900 block of North Queen Street. As a result of the above investigation, Brock was charged with: theft by unlawful taking or disposition, access device fraud, and forgery.

Additional charges were added to the original criminal complaint filed following the Sept. 12 events. As a result of the on-going investigation, police learned that Brock caused $4,000 in damages by using a vehicle to drive through the roll-up door at Lancaster Mitsubishi, 1009 N. Prince St.

He also caused $1,908 in damages by using a vehicle to drive through the roll-up door at Steffy's Garage, 235 W. Main St., Leola. By using a vehicle to drive through the bus lot at C.V. Bus Depot, 160 Newport Road, Leola, Brock caused $2,368 in damages.

The damage that Brock caused when he struck a retaining wall at 139 Newport Road, Leola, is being estimated at $500. The damages caused when he drove the bus through a yard at 121 E. Main St., Leola and the bus struck a tree are also estimated at $500.

Also, it was determined that Brock entered and hid in the trunk of a vehicle near his residence after he and his mother got into a verbal argument on the night of Sept. 12. The owner of this vehicle reported that she was unable to open the trunk of her vehicle and found that her rear seats were down, allowing access to the trunk. The damages caused were $150.

As a result, Brock is also being charged with six counts of criminal mischief. Brock remains incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison.
Teen who stole, crashed bus faces additional charges


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