Strapped East Side Man Opens Fire on Truck Thief

A vigilante spit metal at a truck thief who drove at the owner in his driveway early last Tuesday morning.
No one was injured in the shooting, and thief scarpered off after crashing the truck into another vehicle.
An East St. Louis man, Melvin Benson, was later arrested and charged with burglary in the incident. Benson, 52, is being held at the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
It all began when a homeowner on Kingston heard noises at his front door. The home is located off Route 157.
As the resident went to investigate, he heard his truck start. He ran to the driveway and saw Benson in his truck who drove at him. He fired two shots at the truck thief but did not hit him.
Benson backed into another vehicle and then ran off.
Deputies searched the area for the burglar and captured Benson near West Main Street. He lives on North 87th Street, not far from the home where the truck was burglarized.
The homeowner will not be charged. The sheriff's department said his actions were deemed reasonable under the circumstances.


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