Polk County

School bus driver from Kissimmee purposely damaged surveillance system four times, police say

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A school bus driver in Polk County has been charged with felony criminal mischief after admitting he repeatedly damaged the surveillance system hard drive on his bus, according to Polk County deputies.

Deputies said 47-year-old Vernorris Rambow of Kissimmee works as a school bus driver in Polk County and was arrested Friday.

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According to a report, Rambow admitted to his supervisor that he damaged the wires connecting the hard drive to his school bus video recording system.

The surveillance system hard drive has been damaged four times since September, but Rambow did not admit to the tampering until after the fourth time it was repaired, officials said.

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Deputies said Rambow told them he had damaged the four hard drives because he “did not want to get in trouble at work.”

Polk County Public Schools told deputies that each hard drive is worth $360, with total damage equaling $1,440.

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“This is a shame,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “This school bus driver might have faced some discipline at work due to some complaints, but now he’s facing a felony conviction and may be out of a job. The children on his bus were better behaved than he was. We hope he’s learned his lesson.”

An investigation into Rambow’s activity as a school bus driver is ongoing, deputies said.

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