Two buses that were discovered vandalized on Monday were apparently victims of a fuel thief or thieves, according to Auburn Police.
Detective Sgt. Richard Mills reported that two buses had their plastic fuel tank drilled through with power tools. The buses were two of four gasoline engine vehicles parked in the Halligan’s lot on Rt. 12/20. None of the diesel buses were touched, according to Sgt. Mills.
The buses are owned by AA Transportation based in Shrewsbury, and are used to transport Auburn Public School students during the school year. The two buses were heading to undisclosed destinations when the drivers stopped for fuel. One went to Kane’s Shell on Southbridge St., the other to Cumberland Farms on Rt. 20. Drivers found the leaks during these fuel stops, and subsequent clean up caused traffic issues at both locations.
AA Transportation estimates the repairs to the fuel tanks will cost over $600, and the cost of the fuel about $240. There were no suspects as of this report. If anyone has any information or saw anything suspicious they should contact Auburn Police at (508) 832-7777.