A Lancaster man who led police officers on a chase in a stolen school bus before crashing into a tree in Leola last month has been charged with additional crimes.
City police said 19-year-old Ryan Edward Brock stole three other vehicles since April and caused more than $9,000 in damage during a crime spree in the hours before the pursuit.
Brock allegedly stole a 2004 Dodge Neon from the 600 block of N. Mary Street by pretending to be the vehicle's owner and having a locksmith make a key, then removing the car from the owner's residence on the night of April 17, police said.
He stole a license plate that he placed on the Dodge and made arrangements to sell the car for scrap, but as he waited for a tow truck he saw police arriving in the area and fled, authorities said.
The Neon was recovered, but police said they are still looking for a 2005 Chrysler Town and
Country minivan that Brock stole from the Ticket to Ride auto dealership on the Manheim Pike in August.
He allegedly stole a license plate for the van and drove the vehicle to Delaware, police said.
A third vehicle, a 2011 Audi A4, and a stolen plate were recovered near Lancaster Country Day School after Brock stole the car Sept. 5 from the Autohaus dealership on the Manheim Pike, police said.
He also removed a wallet from an
unlocked vehicle on the Chapman Ford lot and used the stolen credit cards to make
several purchases, and even attempted to use one card to purchase a used car at Cheap Heaps on N. Queen Street, police said.
For those crimes, he was charged with three felony counts of theft, four misdemeanor counts of theft, access device fraud and forgery.
Brock has been in Lancaster County Prison since his arrest in the early hours of Sept. 12 when he allegedly stole the bus from the Conestoga Valley School District's fenced lot, rammed through a locked gate, then crashed just feet from a Leola home.
Brock had crashed into a retaining wall near the school with a Toyota Highlander he stole from Steffy's Towing of Leola, and before that he stole a Dodge Caravan from Lancaster Mitsubishi and rammed the minivan through a bay door, according to police.
Investigators said he caused $4,000 in damage at Lancaster Mitsubishi, $1,908 in damage by driving through the
roll-up door at Steffy's Garage, and $2,368 in damage to the school bus lot.
Damage to the retaining wall and at the Leola home was estimated at $500 in each incident.
Police additionally charged him several counts of criminal mischief.