UPDATE 2:00 PM
Officials in Walton County said they arrested Ned Michael Arnold and charged with grand theft auto. WCSO officials said Arnold got the bus stuck in the sand at Washington Point State Park early Sunday morning. When questioned by deputies they say the man from Foley confessed to taking the bus from the Foley Church. The van should be returned Monday in working order. Pastor Judd Sessions said they’re grateful for the quick work of law enforcement.
“The police department was able to get right on it looking for it and the guys did a great job we appreciate [Foley Police Chief David] Wilson for that,” said Pastor Sessions. He said they kept the keys hidden in the bus but Foley Police officials believe Arnold knew where to look. The bus was recovered more than 100 miles from the church and was spotted multiple times. While they may not have a say in the matter, Sessions said he’s not sure if they want to press charges.
“I’m sure there are some issues he’s dealing with so we’re going to proceed when we know the best course of action for that,” said Sessions.
UPDATE 5:10 AM
Pastor Judd Sessions says he was contacted by the Foley Police Department at 3 AM this morning. Sessions said the bus was found in Okaloosa County in the Fort Walton Area undamaged. He said a man from Foley is in custody. We’ll update this story as we get more information.
Foley, AL (WKRG)
Have you seen this bus? A pastor with a Foley church says someone stole their church bus. Pastor Judd Sessions says someone took the bus from Foley Assembly of God on Azalea Avenue sometime Friday. Sessions said the bus is used regularly to carry kids and seniors to and from services.
A Foley Police officer confirmed the van was reported stolen. The van is hard to miss. It is a shuttle type of bus with the words “Foley Assembly of God” emblazoned on the side. Anyone with information is asked to call Foley Police.