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At least 10 school buses stolen by Jacksonville man

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Updated: 11/06/2013 11:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- You'd think it would be hard to hide a big yellow stolen school bus. But police say Alphonso Rock was able to hide at least 10 of them across Northeast Florida and South Georgia.

Two of them were found in plain sight at the Florida-Georgia game over the weekend.

"He was using these buses for his own business purposes transporting people to and from different places," said JSO spokesperson Melissa Bujeda.

Police were on the lookout for the buses stolen from Lowndes school district in Georgia.

"I know we're not the only school district in the Florida-Georgia area that had lost school buses over the last year," said Lowndes School Board Chairman Fred Wetherington.

After JSO recovered the buses at the game, they went to Rock's transportation company "95 South."

Police say they found four more stolen buses. One of them even stolen from another Jacksonville bus company: First Student.

On Wednesday, the Gainesville Police Department recovered three more buses stolen from Flagler County in 95 South's possession.

"Buses are very expensive and he's using them to profit," said Bujeda.

Action News visited Rock's home and his son answered the door.

"People make it seem different than what it is," said Rashard Rock.

He said his father bought the buses from someone legally.

"You contact that person. You think they're an honest seller and sometimes it's not that way."

JSO says Rock couldn't provide the paperwork to prove he made a legal purchase.
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