NORTH ADAMS -- A 17-year-old accused of taking a school bus for a drive pleaded not guilty to a pair of charges on Monday.
Brandon Bolte, 17, of Reservoir Road, was arraigned Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
In a report, police said Bolte climbed into the open window of a bus parked in a Hoosac Street lot in Adams on Sunday. The keys were in the ignition.
From Hoosac Street, Bolte drove toward Richmond to visit his biological mother, he later told police.
Bolte's grandmother called Pittsfield Police after 5 p.m. on Sunday and reported he stole a school bus, drove it to Richmond and was en route back to Adams.
Adams Police pulled the bus over on Commercial Street near Aladco.
According to police, Bolte admitted to stealing the bus and wanted to cooperate with investigators. Bolte was arrested without incident.
The bus wasn't damaged, according to a bus company official with Dufour Inc. of Hinsdale.
Adams Police Officer Thomas Cook talked with Bolte and wrote in his report that the teen "did not have the understanding of an adult." Cook stated that he "did not get the sense that [Bolte] understood what he did was wrong."
According to Cook, the alleged theft was Bolte's "third time stealing a school bus in Berkshire County," and Cook added that he believed the suspect would "do it again if the opportunity arises."
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for May 7.
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