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A school bus was stolen, then destroyed, and others were vandalized in a Port Colborne bus lot, Niagara Regional Police said Tuesday.

The discovery was made late Monday after a citizen's report of suspicious people inside a bus at the Laidlaw school bus fleet yard on Ramey Road, police said.

Officers found that three school buses in the compound had been damaged. The damage included broken windows, ripped seats, a discharged fire extinguisher inside a bus, and heavy damage to an ignition column believed to have been caused with a fire ax removed from the bus, police said.

Damage was estimated at $10,000, police said.

In addition, a full-size school bus had been driven through a locked gate at the compound and later was found burned-out, according to police. That damage was estimated at $15,000, police said.

Police said they found no evidence linking the vandalism to the continuing strike by Ontario's teachers' unions.

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