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Missouri police post 'pumpkin lineup' after busting teens with 48 stolen pumpkins - and one gourd

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -

When police recover stolen property, they want to get it back to the rightful owners and stolen pumpkins are no different, apparently. 

Police in Maryland Heights, Missouri recently received a call about some stolen Halloween decorations and one of the victims was able to provide a vehicle description. Going off that, police searched the area and found an SUV matching the description and pulled it over. 

Inside the SUV were three teenagers... and 48 pumpkins (and on gourd)! 

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

The three teens were arrested and the police department posted a photo of all the stolen pumpkins (and one gourd) saying, "If you woke up this morning to missing pumpkins" to give them a call. 

“You’d be surprised how many people showed up to identify their pumpkins,” Will said. “We were inundated.”

Many claimed to know their pumpkin by sight.

“I don’t know how, but we trusted people would be honest,” he said. “And you know, a pumpkin is basically a pumpkin.”

Two of the teens, both 18, were charged with misdemeanor stealing. The third teen, 16, was referred to juvenile court. 

Police say the win in this case was the fact that people called in the crime. 

“It’s a great example of people not being afraid to call and report something like this,” Will told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They saw one pumpkin missing, but they reported it not even realizing these guys were on a pumpkin rampage.

“(Police) are here for the big stuff,” Will said. “But we’re here for smaller stuff like missing pumpkins, too.”

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