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High speed chase ends in community garden

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A 15-year-old boy is facing charges tonight, accused of taking a stolen truck on a high speed chase, and destroying a community garden in the process.

Waterloo Police cornered the driver at Iowa and Walnut Streets in Waterloo Monday morning.

The truck reportedly was stolen from a house on Randall Street. The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed. 

"I heard a great big crash, boom!" said Judy Marshall, Grace Gardens owner. "I thought, wow that sounds like really close, so I got up out of bed and I looked out the window and saw this truck literally rolling out of my garden."

Marshall did not realize the extent of the damage until she stepped outside.

"It sounded loud. I couldn't figure out what they were hitting and when I looked out I thought it was maybe the corner of the garden, I didn't realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile," said Marshall.

The garden's crops are used to provide healthy food for people in the neighborhood and this crash is just disappointing for Marshall.

"Awe man, I thought of all the work that's been put in it in the last three years, but the shock," said Marshall.

The owner of the garden is thankful that no one was injured and she is hopeful Walnut Neighborhood stays a safe place.

Police are still looking for the second person who helped steal the truck. As always, if you have any information contact the Waterloo Police Department.

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