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School bus driver allegedly steals alcohol before beginning shift

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ST. JOHN ( -

A First Student bus driver was arrested for theft On December 9 , after a police officer received a report she had stolen alcohol right before he shift.

According to court documents, a St. John police officer was monitoring Ritenour High School dismissal in his squad car while parked in the Shop N Save parking lot in the 9000 block of St. Charles Rock Road when a security guard approached them.

The security guard told the officer Crystal Taylor, 32, had stolen a bottle of alcohol from the store, and pointed her out to the officer.

Taylor was in her school bus, and denied having stolen anything when the officer questioned her. The officer asked her to step out of the bus and upon looking around her seat, saw a bottle of Korbel champagne in her purse.

Taylor was arrested for theft , and upon her arrest, it was discovered she also had a small bag of marijuana in her purse.

She was charged with theft of an item less than $500 in value and possession of a controlled substance. She was released on $200 bond.

Ritenour School District released a statement about the driver, saying,

“Since student safety is always our priority in the Ritenour School District, it is our expectation that all First Student buses are driven by highly-qualified drivers who transport children safely and efficiently to and from school. After Ritenour became aware of an arrest of one of the First Student bus drivers, Ritenour requested that she no longer drive routes for the district.”

First Student said Taylor passed pre-employment drug screening when she was hired two months ago. The company, which randomly selects employees monthly for drug and alcohol testing, fired Taylor and released the following statement,

"First Student is incredibly disappointed by the actions of our former employee, Ms. Taylor. We understand why the community, district and families are upset. We're upset, too. As soon as we were made aware of the incident, we investigated and terminated Ms. Taylor. First Student drivers in Missouri have at least 50 hours of training prior to driving a First Student bus. Ms. Taylor's actions are completely at odds with this training and what we stand for as a company. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated."

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