Biggest Vehicle Theft In Size Not Value

A government surplus bus purchased by an Omaha collector has been stolen. The 1998 28 passenger wheelchair accessible bus had been parked in a lot near 72nd and L in Omaha.

John Vacanti bought the bus at a federal government surplus property auction in Chicago this fall. He had it driven to Omaha and parked in a lot with a for sale sign. If he couldn’t sell it he planned to remake it into a
Go Big Red game day express. Vacanti said, “You could take wheelchair people to the game.”

But somebody took off with the bus a couple of weeks ago. Vacanti said, “It doesn’t make any sense somebody would take it. They had to go through some effort to do it.”

Inside the bus Vacanti stored about 1,300 surplus law books he also purchased in the Chicago government surplus sale. Vacanti said, “For my granddaughter who is a lawyer. For cosmetic reasons not to use.”

Vacanti hopes both bus and books will be returned intact.


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