Teens confess to Portales pumpkin thefts

Two Portales teens have confessed to stealing and destroying pumpkins at Portales preschool.

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – It captured national attention. Someone broke into a preschool pumpkin patch and plundering all the pumpkins. The cruel crime has now been solved and the preschool has a message for the teens who were behind it.

Kids kicking around a pumpkin like a soccer ball last weekend in Portales. Police say they were coming from the Eastern New Mexico University Child Development Center. The pumpkins belonged to 3, 4 and 5-year-olds.

“We were getting pretty excited because the pumpkins had grown to at least bowling ball size and were starting to turn orange the Friday before they were stolen,” Elaine Gard with the ENMU Child Development Center said.

The little garden kids watered and took care of at daycare had been trampled on. One pumpkin was smashed to pieces, the other three were missing.

Police stepped in and surveillance video led them to a pair of 14-year-olds and a couple of 15-year-olds. They all face charges for the damages and trespassing.

People from all over the country have now donated almost 200 pumpkins to the school.

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