Transient crashes stolen bus, then presses on with crime spree

June 27, 2016
David James Krause

David James Krause

Undeterred by his botched attempt to steal a bus Sunday afternoon, a transient pressed on with an ambitious crime spree that included arson and a home break-in. After crashing the bus he stole, the man stole a car and crashed it, too, according to the Grover Beach Police Department.

The transient eventually earned a trip to San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he arrived with a slight grin on his face.

At about 1:47 p.m., David James Krause, 36, allegedly kicked off his illegal activities by starting a fire in the 900 block of W. Grand Avenue. Five Cities Fire Authority responded to the small brush fire, extinguished the blaze and prevented it from damaging any structures. Investigators did not determine until later in the day that Krause was responsible for the fire.

At 4:22 p.m., Grover Beach officers responded to the 300 block of Longbranch Avenue where it was reported that a man stole a bus and crashed it into a wooden shed on a person’s property. Krause ran off before officers arrived at the scene.

While officers were investigating the bus theft, Krause burglarized a home in the 100 block of South 3rd Street and stole multiple items, according to a police department new release.

Krause then fled and stole a car in the same neighborhood. Shortly afterwards, Krause crashed the car on Highway 1 south of Grand Avenue. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

Again, Krause managed to escape. This time he fled by foot toward the beach.

Officers conducted an extensive search for Krause and eventually located him on the beach. Police arrested him and charged him with burglary, three counts of vehicle theft, arson and resisting arrest. Krause remains in the county jail with his bail set at $115,000, according to the sheriff’s office website.



I listened to this drama on my police scanner: what the article omits is that they closed Highway One from Grand Avenue to Oceano in both directions for almost an hour while this clown was running around the dunes. This was at the height of the tourist exodus back to the Valley, that must have been fun! The reason they closed the highway was that there was a report that said clown was carrying a long gun, but apparently he wasn’t armed after all.


Or threw it in the bushes or dunes for retrieval later.


At least he stays busy.

Ted Slanders

When in the hell is the 225 bed Prado Road Homeless Shelter going to be built so we can entice more transients like David James Krause to visit our area? If people like this aren’t caught, they at least need a place to bed down until they are!


Ted: Why the Hell (your words) don’t they build it next to your house (if you have one)?


I believe Ted was being satirical


Cut it out. As it turns out….Ted kind of grew on us….now his humor is too…