Wytheville Police shares pictures of man wanted in connection with theft of school bus

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Police say this man -- who is wanted in connection with the theft of a Wythe County school bus on Sunday, Sept. 13 -- goes by the aliases of Jorge Olivares or George Lopez. (Photo: Courtesy Wytheville Police Department)

Police say this man — who is wanted in connection with the theft of a Wythe County school bus on Sunday, Sept. 13 — goes by the aliases of Jorge Olivares or George Lopez. (Photo: Courtesy Wytheville Police Department)

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After a Wythe County school bus was stolen and abandoned in another jurisdiction on Sunday, police not only shared pictures of a man wanted in connection with the theft, but they shared two aliases the man reportedly uses.

According to the Wytheville Police Department, Wythe County School Bus #32 was stolen from the Wytheville garage at 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Police say a man was seen entering the school bus lot then crashing the bus through the gate, resulting in damage to the front of the bus and the mirror from the hood.

However, by Sunday afternoon, authorities reported the bus was recovered after being found abandoned behind a restaurant in Roanoke.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the department announced the man wanted in connection with the school bus theft is a man in his mid-30s who has multiple tattoos on both arms and goes by the aliases of Jorge Olivares or George Lopez. In addition, the man reportedly frequents the areas of Wytheville, Radford, and Roanoke.

If you have any information about the possible location of this man, either call the Wytheville Police Department’s non-emergency number at (276) 223-3300, or e-mail wpdtips@wytheville.org.

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