Case Closed: Pumpkin Crime Solved

The pumpkin nappers of St. Louis, Missouri have made the news headlines in several cities across the country. It has turned a strange story of misguided youths and their pumpkin stealing antics into an enjoyable Friday read as reporters have taken this event just seriously enough.

Three teenagers were caught having stolen a total of 48 pumpkins and one gourd. After retrieving the pumpkins, police reached out to residents of the affected neighborhood where some of the folks that had reported their pumpkins missing over the last week. They were

The department posted this “pumpkin lineup” on social media Oct. 18 to help owners identify their stolen pumpkins. Photo courtesy of Maryland Heights Police Dept.

asked to come in and identify their pumpkins from the line-up.

Of all of the stolen pumpkins, only about a dozen remain unclaimed, as police were inundated with visitors tracking down their prized possessions. Many indicated that they knew their pumpkins by sight. The officers said they trusted people to be honest in taking them home, saying “you know, a pumpkin is basically a pumpkin”.

The ordeal started at 1:40am when calls began to be fielded by residents in the Pinehurst subdivision. Then, neighbors from other subdivisions were calling in and saying that their pumpkins had been stole. One neighbor called in to the police and gave a description of the compact SUV seen around the time of the first pumpkin disappearance.

This photo depicts the stolen pumpkins stacked to the brim in the SUV the teenagers were using. (Maryland Heights Police Department via AP)

It was later on that the police tracked down a Subaru Forester that matched the description. They said once the noticed the vehicle, then it was not hard to make the connection to the pumpkin thieving, as the SUV was full of pumpkins in the back seat.

“No idea how they all fit in there,” Maryland Heights police Capt. Scott Will said. “It was top-to-bottom orange.”

Of the three teenagers that engaged in a “pumpkin-nabbing spree”, two of them are facing charges of misdemeanor stealing since they are both 18. The 16-year-old has been referred to the juvenile court. Nothing is known about their motive to steal the pumpkins, but the fiasco has sparked curiosity by many.