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Alleged bus thief now charged with arson

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A Waterloo man previously charged with stealing a bus, is now charged with arson in connection with the Feb. 18 incident.

Paul Douglas Bass, who was already being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on other charges, was charged on Monday with arson for allegedly trying to set his home.

Waterloo fire investigators say the 42-year-old pulled the natural gas line from his furnace and then set items sitting on a table and the floor in another room on fire.

Witnesses then saw Bass leave the home at 1014 Wilbur Avenue and drive away in a bus that was parked at neighboring Nagle Sign.

A short time later, police received reports of a bus driving erratically and being involved in a hit-and-run accident.

During a short chase, the bus hit a traffic light pole at the intersection of Ansborough Avenue and the Washington Avenue exit ramp. 

Bass was arrested and charged with Operating a Vehicle Without Owners Consent, Eluding, Driving While Barred and Driving While License Denied or Revoked.

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