Alleged pumpkin thief won’t plead guilty

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars.

KOAT-TV reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones today.

She is accused of taking the pumpkin in October 2011 from McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty.

Her sister, Annette Atencio, says Medina spent $75 on food that day but forgot to pay for the pumpkin she picked up as she was leaving. She says her sister could have pleaded guilty and be given probation, but refused.