Lettuces

Vegetable thieves are vexing people who use the Cathedral Community Garden. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

Vegetable thieves have struck at Regina's Cathedral Village Community Garden. 

Garden organizer Tom Gartner says entire crops of veggies have disappeared from the garden on the west edge of the city.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It's not people coming to just grab just a tomato or a cucumber or one item of this — they'll take a person's whole potato crop."

Gartner says he has even caught some of the thieves in the act, but they just flee.

"The gardeners all pay a rental for the garden and they put in a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of passion into their gardens and these people just walk up and just steal," he said.

He says he has contacted police about the brazen thefts.

Surveillance system installed

After hearing about the troubles, a security company contacted Gartner offering a complimentary surveillance system.

Alfred Strauch, from Probe Systems, said he was happy to help out.

"There's some older people [and] there's all kinds of people and [the garden is] important to them and so helping those people is just fine," Strauch said. "It's the principle of just helping."

Gartner said he was thrilled with the assistance.

"This is wonderful," he said. "Somebody is stepping up. This is the Saskatchewan way. Instead of being all negative with the thieves, somebody like this comes along and makes it a brighter day."

The system provided is valued at around $57,000.