Bus company burglary reported

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary to a west Champaign bus company that was shut down by federal authorities last week.

Sgt. Dan Coile said the owner of LEX Express reported that some time between 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, intruders forced open a garage door to get in the business at 310 Tiffany Court. Once inside, seven locked office doors were kicked in and the offices ransacked.

Three candy machines were broken into and a soda machine pried on, Coile said.

The only thing apparently missing from the building was a cellphone.

Outside, someone entered two unlocked buses and stole three TV monitors from one bus and damaged another TV monitor on a second bus.

The damage and value of the stolen item and cash was estimated at $2,105.

Last Friday, the business was ordered shut by the U.S. Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Safety Administration for alleged violations of safety regulations. The owner is appealing.

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george_bailey_1945 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

I think the reporter meant "appalling" rather than "appealing". 

Lex website says they have given up and will not be reopening.

KOR wrote on December 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

That's fine, you couldn't have paid me to ride one of their buses.

JRG73 wrote on December 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I'm just going to go out on a limb and assume that last paycheck bounced. 
 

Couldn't go out on a high note Bob? You just had to bounce more checks? What about all of those heart felt concerns about your employees and Christmas? Christmas Bob! 

Yes, as I may have guessed, you really don't give a crap about your employees even during the holidays. If you cared about them you certainly wouldn't do something like writing bad payroll checks while driving a new Jaguar.