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Police Post ‘Pumpkin Lineup' After Stolen Squash Bust

Pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions in a St. Louis suburb

Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins — and one gourd — are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered.

Pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed SUV that Capt. Scott Will says was "top-to-bottom orange."

Maryland Heights Police Department via AP
This Oct. 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.

The next day, officers snapped a picture of the abducted decor and posted it to Facebook. Will says police have been "inundated" with people coming to track down their Halloween pumpkins. About a dozen remained unclaimed Tuesday. None are carved.

Two 18-year-olds are charged with misdemeanor stealing, while a 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile court.

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