A 40-year veteran of the school bus business, Greg Bonnett had never heard of anything like this: Eight of his full-size, 40-foot-long yellow buses were missing when workers arrived at the Far South Side yard early Friday.
GPS units aboard the buses indicated the vehicles were on the Southwest Side. Bonnett headed in that direction and wound up at a South Lawndale scrap yard.
"I expected to pull up and meet the police and see eight buses," Bonnett said. "I got here and I saw exactly what you're looking at now. A pile of scrap with school bus yellow."
The buses had been reduced to a towering tangle of fenders, springs, seats and sheet metal. On one scrap the name of the bus company Bonnett co-owns could still be seen, "Sunrise."