Woman Accused Of Stealing $2 Pumpkin Faces Trial
Sister: Lauren Medina Forgot To Pay For Small Pumpkin At Moriarty Patch
Atencio said the charges stem from October 2011, when her sister went to McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and forgot to pay for a small pumpkin.
Medina spent $75 that day on funnel cakes and other food, and then, Atencio said; her sister went on some hay rides in the back.
But, when Medina was leaving the property, Atencio said her sister picked up a small pumpkin and police approached her.
"(Medina) said, 'Oh my god, I'm so sorry. Can I pay for them?' (They said), 'Nope,' and she was handcuffed immediately -- end of story, no ifs or buts," Atencio said.
Medina was given an order to appear, and when she did, Atencio said her sister thought the charges would be dropped -- but that didn't happen.
Atencio said that Medina was given the option to plead guilty and do probation, and when she refused, the case will now head to a jury trial.
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