|Canadian Mental Health Association Leisure Links Co-ordinator Teresa Pearson, left, and community gardener Jack Lloyd survey the Community Garden Project's pumpkin patch in Owen Sound on September 27, 2012. (JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency)
OWEN SOUND, Ont. - A 200-plus-pound pumpkin has vanished from a community garden.
Police said Thursday they will investigate the theft after members of Union Place, a Canadian Mental Health Association drop-in facility behind St. George's Anglican Church, discovered the pumpkin, eight watermelons and some squash were missing from the community-run garden.
"The guys were really hurt" said site co-ordinator Teresa Pearson. "They are really disheartened. They worked for months. These guys started working in the gardens in May and we are just winding up."
Pearson said she had arranged transportation to move the pumpkin next week, but someone beat her to it.
"They would have needed a truck or some kind of trailer to move it," Pearson said.
The garden is a project of the CMHA to help people diagnosed with mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder gain independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and interpersonal and employment skills.
Members of Union Place are paid to work at the gardens.
Pearson hopes the gourd grabbers will be nabbed.
"If we could just keep an eye out ... somebody had to have seen something because it would have taken quite a while."
Owen Sound is about 180 km northwest of Toronto.