RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho Public Schools and its students became the latest victims of catalytic-converter theft over Thanksgiving break.
According to a release from RRPS, on Monday, bus drivers noticed check-engine lights and other problems with 10 diesel buses that have specialized equipment, such as wheelchair lifts, to accommodate students with special needs. The district operates 86 buses.
When Transportation Department staff members inspected the vehicles, they found the catalytic converters, the attached filter systems and portions of wiring had been stolen.
“This means we are unable to utilize these buses for student transport due to life-safety concerns,” according to RRPS.