12-year-old bus thief nabbed in Eastpoint

Michael Propst

Michael Propst

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 09:19 AM.

The same 12-year-old Bay County boy who stole a school bus last month did it again last week.

But this time, an alert motorist and a nearby Carrabelle policeman worked to nail him in Franklin County .

Michael Propst was picked up for driving the school bus on U.S. 98, just east of State Route 65, on Wednesday morning, July 16, a day after being released from the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice on a previous case where he had stolen a bus from the Bay County School District three weeks earlier.

After Propst drove the bus east about 55 miles into Franklin County , a vigilant motorist called 9-1-1 about 10:49 a.m. to report a school bus was driving recklessly on U.S. 98.

Carrabelle Deputy Chief Gary Hunnings was completing an arrest in Carrabelle on a sheriff’s warrant, and had just left the county jail on SR 65 when he got the call from a dispatcher.

“The bus had just passed (SR) 65,” said Carrabelle Chief Craig Kincaid. “ Gary was in a perfect spot; they knew he had just left the jail. Gary turned and caught up to the school bus in less than minute.”

Hunnings said he turned around “and tried to meet the bus, not knowing it was a Bay County school bus. I passed the bus between (SR) 65 and the school, and I turned around and tried to get behind it, but there was a pickup truck between us.”

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