Vandals targeting gardens

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Garden growers in Terre Haute need to keep an eye on their vegetation.

Vandals have been going onto people’s property and destroying what people have been working for.

Teri Ripberger experienced the vandalism first hand when she found her sunflowers chopped down.

“It’s sad because a lot of people put a lot of time and effort into planting them,” Ripberger said.

Ripberger plants the sunflowers with the daycare children. She said that the sunflowers meant a lot to them. She was sad to find them chopped down.

“I was devastated because I knew my kids would be arriving and we chart them each day and take pictures of them,” Ripberger said. “I was upset so I knew they would be.”

Trespassing onto somebody’s property and chopping down their garden is a crime and can result in charges.

“It’s not worth it,” Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said. “It’s not worth it. I mean you’ll have a criminal record when this is over.”

Luckily for Ripberger, her daycare has surveillance cameras outside. They caught footage of the vandals in the act.

Ripberger says that while she didn’t contact police, she hopes that by posting the video on Facebook, somebody will be able to identify the vandals.

She hopes to replant the flowers but knows it might be too late.

In the end, she really just wants an apology from the people that committed this crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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