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Woman on trial for $2 pumpkin theft


UPI News Service, 02/20/2012 

The sister of a New Mexico woman charged with the theft of a $2 pumpkin said the incident was accidental.

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Annette Atencio said her sister, Lauren Medina, 23, is headed to trial Tuesday for the October 2011 incident at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, reported Monday.

"I'm in disbelief -- the more I talk about it, the angrier I get," Atencio said.

Atencio said Medina spent $75 on food at the pumpkin patch and was approached by police when she picked up a small pumpkin, worth $2, on her way out of the patch.

"(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 refused to plead guilty to the theft charge.

"(Medina) is a college student, and she's never been in trouble and never been arrested," Atencio said.


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