Juveniles get benched


A group of five juveniles tried to break into a S. Van Dorn Street Exxon gas station using a bench as a battering ram earlier this month. 

The cadre lifted the bench from its spot near the entrance of the 500 block business and hurled it at the front window on June 1, police said. When the glass held firm, one of the minors threw the bench at a vehicle parked nearby.

A surveillance camera caught the group in the act, said Ashley Hildebrandt, department spokeswoman. The incident, first reported about 8:10 a.m., remains under investigation.