BCSO: School bus stolen from Ladson child care center

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A school bus was stolen from a Ladson daycare center sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“Everything was normal. We locked up, left as usual with nothing abnormal. We thought we would come back the way we left it but that wasn’t the case,” Little People Big World Academy owner and director Fanondra Johnson said.

An employee of the "Little People Big World" preschool told a deputy Tuesday morning that when she arrived at work she realized the bus was gone, according to the police report.

“They were all thinking, well, Fanondra must have taken the bus to get serviced, there’s a reason it’s not here. Never in a million years did they think it would be stolen,” Johnson said. “I’ve never had a problem in the area. It was the last thing we thought that would happen.”
Little People Big World Academy has been at the location in Ladson for eight years with their daycare bus for four years.
Johnson said she has always believed it was a safe spot.
Without the bus, Johnson said she and her staff will not be able to house dozens of kids for the upcoming daycare summer camp.
She said this factor hurts both the kids and the business.
“We pick up after-schoolers with the bus and go on field trips with that bus. We have a summer camp program that goes on field trips Monday through Friday,” Johnson said.
Little People Big World Staff and the parents of the students are helping to spread the word using social media.
“We have close to 900 shares and it’s reached more than 23,000 individuals. My goal is, I don’t know where the bus is or what’s been done to it, but somebody could have seen something of those 23,000 people,” Johnson said. “Just bring our bus back.”
The report values the bus at $25,500. No suspect or witness information was available.
While the business had security camera footage, the camera didn't cover the area where the bus was stolen, according to the report. 
“We have one that points at the front door and one in a classroom that points at the front. It picks up movement in the front but unless someone’s right in front of it, we can’t see them,” Johnson explained.
Johnson said she is working with other businesses in the same strip mall to obtain their security footage tapes with hopes of catching the culprit.
If you know anything about this theft, you're asked to contact Crime Stoppers immediately at (843) 554-1111.

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