Kids Damage Vegetables at Community Garden

by Ben Matheson on August 28, 2015

Vandals broke into the Bethel Community Garden Thursday evening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Vandals broke into the Bethel Community Garden Thursday evening. Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK.

Four kids broke into the Bethel community Garden Thursday evening. They stole tools and wrecked vegetables that were reaching their peak after the growing season. Leif Albertson, the coordinator for the community garden, inspected the damage this morning.

“Somebody’s definitely been in here. Some plants are ripped out, zucchini are destroyed and spread around, carrots are lying in the aisle that have been destroyed, and there are some plants that have knocked over,” said Albertson.

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Around 5:30 Thursday evening, John Sargent, one of the active gardeners, heard about a break-in at the garden’s shed and began combing Pinkies Park with his kids.

“We kept on scanning the park and I saw two kids hiding in the trees. I said, ‘hey, were you at the community gardens?’ We started talking to them and drew them out. I told them to show me where the tools were. They had thrown the tools into the bushes and the trees. We would not have found them for a long time,” said Sargent.

The two kids reported that two others were involved. Sargent estimates they were between the ages of 8 and 13. A chain-link fence surrounds the garden and has a locked gate.

Bethel police say that charges are pending. This is at least the second act of vandalism by Bethel juveniles in the past two weeks.

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