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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2007 2:07 am | Updated: 6:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The wife of Tri-State Glass owner Troy Volberg, who police say was the mastermind behind the Scottsdale school bus vandalism sprees, also is facing charges related to the conspiracy case.

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Autumn Volberg, 33, of Goodyear made “verbal threats” when Scottsdale Unified School District officials questioned a suspicious invoice for $270,000 her husband submitted to repair the windshields of 79 buses damaged on Aug. 24, police said.

The bill was more than $100,000 higher than the repairs done on 70 buses after windows were smashed out on April 7.

Troy Volberg, 33, whose company repaired the smashed-out windows in both instances, was arrested Wednesday by Scottsdale police on suspicion of fraudulent schemes conspiracy, money laundering and burglary.

Police believe he was the mastermind of a plot in which he attempted to make more than $400,000 for the repairs.

During the disputed bill conversation, Autumn Volberg said something along the lines of “the buses could be damaged again and they may not be done in time,” according to information from Scottsdale police.

Dan Shearer, the district’s transportation director, who was at the meeting, declined to elaborate on what Volberg said but confirmed she did make threats of again damaging the buses.

She was issued a citation for threatening and intimidation soon after that meeting, police said.

She will be arraigned Oct. 15 in Scottsdale City Court. She could face fines of at least $300 or be required to attend anger management courses, according to a court clerk.

Overall, Scottsdale police have arrested four people in the two bus vandalism incidents.

Among them is Troy Volberg’s friend, Scott Sloan, 34, of Lake Havasu City, who, police said, hired people to break out the bus windows for Volberg.

Police believe Sloan hired for the April vandalism Jose Figuero-Quintero, 30, and Thomas Bastian 29. The pair also are charged in the April 13 slaying of Travis Hartline-Saffern, 26, who was shot and killed in a south Scottsdale parking lot.

Others arrested were Kyle Ryan, 23, of Lake Havasu City and Jennifer Williams, 42, who police say were involved in the August incident.

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