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Fruit and vegetables stolen from Cedar Falls garden

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Someone's been busy stealing hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, peppers and squash from the community garden in Cedar Falls.

The community garden consists of approximately 100 plots that people can rent to grow flowers and produce. Nonprofits and churches can grow items for free.

But in a place meant to bring people in the community together, a lot of them are left feeling angry.

They're wondering who and why someone would steal what they've worked so hard to grow.

"Who would do such a thing? Why would someone take someone's six tomatoes?" asked Joe Gitta, who has a plot of his own and also helps coordinate the garden plots. "If you're in need of food, go to the food bank. You can take as much food as you'd like."

Gitta worries the thief or thieves have malicious intent in taking the fruits and vegetables.

"When you take it off someone's vine, you're taking more than that produce. You're taking their hard work, their joy of watching it grow. You're destroying that for them," he said.

Gitta said there was a camera at the community gardens at one point, but it was also stolen. 

He doesn't know if they'll have to resort to putting up a camera, but said he'd like police to step up patrols in the area during the evening hours.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson didn't return KWWL's inquiry about the issue by late Thursday afternoon.

Gitta said he hopes whoever has been stealing from the community garden makes it right by writing a check to the food bank and giving back to the community some of what's been taken.

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