Va. Man Accused of Stealing School Bus, Driving into Building

March 12, 2012

Police have charged a Waynesboro man with stealing a school bus and driving it into the back of a tobacco shop.

The News Virginian reports 34-year-old Joseph D. Henschel was charged Friday with unauthorized use of a vehicle and intentional destruction of private property.

Waynesboro police Sgt. Brian Edwards says the keys were in the ignition when Henschel allegedly took the bus from an auto repair shop parking lot behind Trinity Glass and Tobacco. Henschel then drove the bus into a field before it struck the building. The store wasn't open at the time.

Police say Henschel was under the influence of synthetic drugs known as bath salts. An Augusta County schools official says the bus sustained about $4,000 damage.

Henschel is being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

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