Gateway Greening hit by thieves again

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(KTVI)-- A St. Louis non-profit organization that promotes gardening in urban neighborhoods has been hit by thieves again.

Some thieves in the St. Louis area have been stealing a lot of garden tools lately.

The City Seeds Urban Farm along Pine Street in downtown St. Louis is operated by Gateway Greening. Earlier this month, three weed whips were stolen from this location valued at over $1,000.

Just earlier this week, there was another burglary at a Gateway Greening location along Bell Avenue in north St. Louis.

The organization says the theft happened overnight Wednesday when thieves using wire cutters cut through a locked gate and then they pried open the door to a tool shed and got away with all new tools, including rakes, shovels, trowels, hoses and five wheel barrows.

Gateway Greening operates over 250 urban gardens that are managed and grown by people who live in the neighborhood. The flowers, fruits, vegetables and eggs are shared in the neighborhood and to homeless shelters and community organizations. This latest theft has set Gateway Greening back in going forward with more projects and classes this summer and harvesting in the fall.

Gateway Greening executive director Mike Sorth say the total loss of the tools and damage to tool sheds is nearly $5,000.

He says police are still looking for suspects. He's asking that anyone who knows about these break-ins to call St. Louis police. He also says if anyone would like to donate garden tools or cash to the organization they can go to gatewaygreening.org

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