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Riverside Unified Buses Vandalized Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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First Student buses lining up outside a middle school in Normal, Illinois.

According to Riverside Unified School District officials, 43 district buses had their catalytic converters stolen.

The vandalism occurred over Thanksgiving weekend at the bus’s storage lot in Jurupa Valley. According to an interview with the Press-Enterprise, Deputy Superintendent Tim Walker said the district did have to bring out additional buses and double up on some routes on Monday.

In recent years there has been a substantial uptick in the theft of catalytic converters across the country, which can at least cost $1000 to $2000 for repair. First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger told the Press-Enterprise that they’ll be paying for all the repairs and that all their buses are expected to resume their regular schedule by Thursday.

Jonathan Linden is a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and had previously interned for the station in the Spring of 2019. Outside of KVCR, Jonathan also interned for KALW in San Francisco, KFI in Burbank, and Radio HCJB in Quito, Ecuador.