The Sherman Police Department is investigating an instance of intentional criminal mischief at the TAPS Public Transit location at 6104 Texoma Parkway.

The Sherman Police Department is investigating an instance of intentional criminal mischief at the TAPS Public Transit location at 6104 Texoma Parkway.


Officers responded to a call Friday evening at 9:06 p.m. that a vehicle had crashed into the TAPS building, but when they arrived officers determined it wasn’t a private vehicle that caused the damage, but a TAPS van.


"They had found some keys in one of the vans that was already on the property and basically did the damage with a van that was already there," Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said. "They ran into the building and ran into the fence and the vehicles that were there. So it wasn’t like somebody that was using their own personal car or drunk. … It was intentional."


TAPS Public Information Officer Dan Acree said his organization does not believe it was a disgruntled former or current TAPS employee that caused the damage.


"It was a break-in," Acree said. "It happens to everybody. Every business from time to time gets broken into."


He said keys aren’t usually left in vehicles, but added that the facility, which is used for maintenance and repairs, has a locked, high fence with "pretty good security."


"A lot of times we’re on third shifts there," Acree said. "It wouldn’t be unusual to see somebody working an early morning or even late night because we’ve been so busy. It was one of the rare times when the place was closed."


Acree said the van that was used was a staff vehicle, similar to a minivan, that holds six to eight people.


"The damage was caused when they were trying to get it out of the yard," Acree said. "They weren’t very good drivers, I can tell you that. They bumped into three other buses and created some damage and wound up hitting a concrete abutment on the building. And that created a little damage."


The TAPS information officer said the van was driven between two buses and scraped up the sides of both of them. He said the van and three buses damaged will need repairs before they can be put back into service. Hampton said the SPD is estimating the damage caused by the incident at over $30,000.