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Police nab teens ‘orange-handed’ with stolen squash, post ‘pumpkin lineup’

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Police nab teens ‘orange-handed’ with stolen squash, post ‘pumpkin lineup’

/ 09:23 AM October 27, 2017

This October 18, 2017 photo released by the Maryland Heights Police Department shows a pumpkin-crammed SUV in Maryland Heights, Mo. Police caught three teenagers with 48 stolen pumpkins and are asking residents of the St. Louis suburb to view a “pumpkin lineup” online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered. (Maryland Heights Police Department via AP)

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Police caught three teenagers “orange-handed” with 48 stolen pumpkins and one gourd, and asked residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a “pumpkin lineup” online to see if their Halloween squash were among those recovered.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed vehicle that Capt. Scott Will said was “top-to-bottom orange.”

The next day, officers snapped a picture of the abducted decor and posted it on Facebook.

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According to Will, police had been “inundated” with people coming to track down their Halloween pumpkins. None of the pumpkins were carved.

However, about a dozen squash remained unclaimed on Tuesday.

Police said two 18-year-olds were charged with misdemeanor for stealing, while a 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile court.    /kga

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