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Charlestown Community Garden Vandalized

Residents near the Terminal Street site are being asked to report any suspicious activity.

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Caretakers of the Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden are asking residents in the area to help keep an eye out for vandals after the property was damaged last month.

Around Dec. 10, someone damaged a recently built compost bin and message board at the garden, located at 49 Terminal St.

“The compost bin had its roof destroyed, and the message board had its Plexiglass window broken,” gardener Gerald Robbins said in an email.

It’s not the first time the garden has been vandalized.

Last April, someone stole copper piping from the garden’s irrigation system, and in May additional piping and spigots were stolen—for a total damage of about $2,200, Robbins said.

“Gardeners are asking neighbors to help out and watch for people engaging in theft and vandalism at the garden,” he said. “Anyone with information about this recent incident or noticing suspicious activity should report it to the Boston Police Department.”

The community garden, which is open to the public, is located near the Charlestown High School baseball field off Terminal Street. It is run by about 105 families in the area from different backgrounds, who grow vegetables on the site, Robbins noted.

The December vandalism was done to items that were only recently installed on the property.

“For the 2012 growing year, the Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden received a grant to build a compost bin, a message board and a garden sign,” Robbins said. “Over the summer and fall, gardeners built the compost bin and message board, completing them last October.”

Non-emergency incidents can be reported to the Boston Police Department’s Charlestown station by calling 617-343-4888.

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