Americana: Busted Busman

Nearly every weekend, Phillip Sanders drove a busload of overnight gamblers some 200 miles from Oakland, Calif, to Reno, and back again. Sanders was arrested at the finish of his 37th trip and charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property; he had been driving buses that did not happen to belong to him. As a police official put it with considerable understatement, "He had a very low overhead."

To procure his weekly bus, Sanders would slip into a Greyhound driver's uniform, walk into the company yards, slip behind the wheel of an empty bus and rumble away. At trip's finish...

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