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Police: 15-year-old boys stole TriMet bus in SE Portland, drove to Milwaukie area

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A bus stolen in southeast Portland was stopped in the Milwaukie area early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office) A bus stolen in southeast Portland was stopped in the Milwaukie area early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
(Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two runaway 15-year-old boys stole a TriMet bus in southeast Portland and drove it to the Milwaukie area before they were stopped by deputies, according to investigators.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped the stolen bus on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Park Avenue at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday.

Before that, transit officers responded to a report of two teens walking through the secure area of TriMet's Center Street garage on the 4000 block of Southeast 17th Avenue in Portland.

As officers searched the lot of parked buses, they located an empty parking space and damage to another bus consistent with a hit-and-run crash.

Officers quickly learned the stolen bus was driven out of the lot and turned south on 17th Avenue toward Milwaukie.

The bus was stopped by deputies about five miles away.

The two 15-year-old boys were arrested and taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on numerous charges. The suspected driver of the bus was reported as a runaway and had an outstanding probation violation warrant.

The other teen was also listed as a runaway out of Deschutes County.

The Transit Police Division and TriMet are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the theft.

TriMet released a statement Tuesday and confirmed the bus was not in service at the time it was taken.

"We take this incident very seriously. We are conducting a full investigation along with our Transit Police. We do not have any additional information to release at this time as to not jeopardize the investigation. We also are looking at taking additional security steps to those already in place," according to the TriMet statement.

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