The bus driver arrested for retail fraud while on her route for Rochester Community Schools on Friday afternoon was previously arrested in February for retail fraud, according to police reports.
Roseanne M. Stacho, 53, pled guilty to that offense — a misdemeanor — in May, according to Captain Michael Johnson of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.
On Friday, Stacho was arrested by deputies from the sheriff's office at Parisian at The Village of Rochester Hills, where a loss prevention officer observed her attempting to steal $543 in clothing, Johnson said. Her school bus was parked outside the store.
Stacho, of Rochester Hills, was lodged in the Oakland County Jail; she was arraigned on Saturday on charges of first-degree retail fraud. She was given a $10,000 personal bond and was released that day, according to inmate release records from the Oakland County Jail.
According to the Michigan Penal Code, first-degree retail fraud is punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both imprisonment and a fine.
The incident was reported at 2:40 p.m. Friday; according to Rochester Schools officials, the bus driver was scheduled to pick up students at Stoney Creek High School.
According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the school district's bus garage was contacted at the time of the driver's arrest to retrieve the school bus from the parking lot. There were no students on the bus when the incident occurred.
Bus drivers for Rochester Schools are contracted employees of Durham School Services, an Illinois-based company that operates more than 17,000 school buses nationwide. A spokesman said Monday that Stacho has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation.
Rochester Schools officials issued the following statement on Sunday night: "We are discussing the issue with Durham and anticipate their response explaining how something of this nature could have occurred and what safeguards they have in place to prevent future incidents."
Last spring, Rochester Schools leaders approved the outsourcing of transportation services, along with custodian and partial ground services, to save the district money. The school district's contract with Durham is for three years and is estimated to save the district $4.7 million.
Stacho has 25 years of experience as a bus driver and has worked for Durham for three years, Durham spokesman Blaine Krage said. According to a public profile on LinkedIn, the online networking site, a Roseanne Stacho who works for Durham previously worked as a bus driver for Birmingham Schools.
Durham spokesman Krage issued the following statement in response to the arrest.
“The Durham School Services bus driver charged by police with retail fraud on Sept. 21 was placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation. The driver has three years of experience with Durham and approximately 25 in the industry.
"Durham began serving Rochester Community Schools this fall. No students have been affected by this matter. Student safety is always Durham’s top priority, and all Durham drivers undergo criminal background checks as well as drug and alcohol screenings before being hired.”
An update on the Durham relationship with Rochester had been previously planned for the Monday night Board of Education meeting.