PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Scripps Howard) — In a spectacular case of poor planning, two boys on Wednesday tried to rob two civilian employees inside a Florida police station, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The youths, ages 12 and 14, summarily were taken into custody at gunpoint by several officers who were there taking a defensive tactics course, said officer Robert Vega, Port St. Lucie police spokesman.

The 12-year-old sauntered to the records counter and then proceeded to another counter where he picked up a phone to talk to a service aide behind a protective window, demanding her cash.

The boys each face an attempted armed robbery charge.