Pumpkin Pilfered

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:19am

College student on trial for allegedly stealing $2 pumpkin.

The trial of a woman accused of stealing a $2 pumpkin starts today.

Lauren Medina, a 22-year-old college student, admitted she grabbed a tiny pumpkin from a display at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, New Mexico after attending the haunted house in October.

Medina said she did not know they were for sale and when a deputy confronted her, she offered to pay for it.

Medina was charged for shoplifting instead.

"it's a waste of time, money...I'm ready for it to be done," Medina explained.

Kevin McCall from Mc'Call's Pumpkin Patch felt differently.

"I feel very violated. At this point I'm not gonna drop charges. It's the principle…where do you draw the line...whether it's $2, $5, or $5,000, stealing is stealing and in my opinion there's some consequences that need to be paid for that," McCall said.

Medina turned down a plea deal to serve six months probation, saying it would keep her from studying abroad.

The Torrance County Sheriff's Office said it is pursuing the case because a law was broken and if it is not enforced, more people will break them.

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