2016-09-15 / Front Page

Kids miss bench, but using replacement

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


DEXTER AND Sidney Martin (from left) came home from school last Wednesday to find that the bench in this photo was stolen from the end of their driveway in Kasson Township. The bench was given to them by their grandmother, Julie Brown. DEXTER AND Sidney Martin (from left) came home from school last Wednesday to find that the bench in this photo was stolen from the end of their driveway in Kasson Township. The bench was given to them by their grandmother, Julie Brown. Two Maple City brothers are asking for the return of a bench given to them by their grandmother as a back-to-school gift — even though a Good Samaritan has helped out.

Dexter and Sidney Martin, third and fifth graders respectively at Glen Lake, came home from school last Wednesday to find that the bench given to them the previous day as a present was gone.

“I bought it for them and it was at the bus stop for the first day of school,” said grandmother Julia Brown, who bought the bench to replace another that they had outgrown. “They have quite a long driveway.”

The wooden bench — large enough to fit both boys comfortably— was occupied last Tuesday and Wednesday while the boys waited for the Glen Lake Community School bus. But when their mother, Jessica Martin, went out Wednesday afternoon to chain it down for security, the bench was gone.

The theft of the bench was upsetting to the boys, who earlier that day had to stay inside at Glen Lake because of the bank robbery in Empire.

“Coming home and finding out that (they) also were robbed made them anxious,” Brown said. “One of them had nightmares.”

The boys’ mother posted the theft on Facebook. Afterward someone placed a replacement bench at the end of the driveway at their home on Valley Road.

“It’s nice that someone really cared enough to get another for them,” Brown said.

Although the new bench will serve a purpose, the brothers still want to have their new bench returned to them.

“It would be nice if it just showed up one day,” Brown said.

Anyone with information about the stolen bench can call Brown at 231- 313-2596.

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