Police log: Bottle explodes on bus; vandals hit church

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Police seek suspects in bottle incident on public bus
DURHAM -- The Durham Police Department is investigation a small explosion on a Bull City Connector bus Tuesday night.
About 9:35 p.m. police were called to the bus in downtown Durham, near Main and Corcoran streets.
David King, general manager for Triangle Transit, said video footage from Tuesday night shows a group of three teenagers getting onto the bus, concealing what appeared to be a water or pop bottle. King said the driver said when the bomb went off it sounded more like a pop, rather than an explosion. Police said the bottle was placed under a seat in the back of the bus.
No one was injured. Both the driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital to be examined. They were both released.
Investigators on scene determined the jug was a “Draino bomb,” which uses household cleaners to create an explosion.
The suspects were described as being in their mid- to late teens. One of the suspects was wearing a purple ball cap with a pink bill, a dark sweatshirt, green cargo shorts and white and purple sneakers. A second teen was wearing a light-colored T-shirt with writing and the number 22 on the front and light-colored shorts. A third teen was wearing a light blue shirt with writing on the front and light-colored long pants.
Anyone with information on the identities of these males is asked to call Investigator A. Junker at (919) 560-4935, ext. 29416 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


Vandal break church windows
DURHAM – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained about $2,000 worth of damage to stained glass windows last week after someone broke into the church. Durham police investigators believe that someone broke in through a front window. The suspect then exited the church through another window on the left side. 
Police believe the incident occurred between noon on July 17 and 4:15 p.m. on July 18. Nothing was taken from the church, 2902 Berini Drive, during the break in. The police do not have suspects at this time.
Lauren Horsch is the police reporter for The Herald-Sun. She can be reached at 919-419-6646, or by email at lhorsch@heraldsun.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @LaurenHorsch.