A tough rebuild

Dale Naffziger, owner of Growing Grounds Lawn & Garden Center, 1610 S. Main St. in Bloomington, salvages the lighting system for his stone wall and sign Monday, May 20, 2019, after a vehicle slammed into the display about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Nafzigger said the wall can be rebuilt, but the sign wasn't going to be replaced easily because the original artist recently died. Three juveniles are in custody in connection with the incident, police said.

BLOOMINGTON — Three juveniles were arrested early Monday morning after police say they stole a vehicle and crashed it into a retaining wall at a garden center on South Main Street in Bloomington.

Police said a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were arrested at 3:30 a.m. Another 15-year-old boy was arrested later after a search.

Early Monday, police were dispatched to the area of Fifth Street and B Avenue in Bloomington for a report of vehicles being broken into. Officers were given a description of the vehicle the suspects were in, and an officer later located the vehicle near Main Street and Veterans Parkway.

Before the officer could stop the vehicle, it sped off, police said.

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It crashed a short time later near Main Street and Armory Road, damaging the wall and sign outside Growing Grounds Lawn & Garden Center.

Officers arrested the 13-year old, but two others fled on foot. After a chase, officers arrested one of the 15-year old and later located the other, police said.

The case remains under investigation.  Anyone who may have been a victim of a vehicle burglary Sunday night or early Monday morning on the city's south side is asked to contact Bloomington police at 309-820-8888 to make a report.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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