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NM woman heads to trial for stealing $2 pumpkin
onlineathens.com ^ | 2-19-12

Posted on 02/19/2012 6:43:02 PM PST by rawhide

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 in Albuquerque, N.M., reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday. 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. Atencio says her sister offered to pay but was refused and then handcuffed.

Atencio says she's in disbelief that the theft charge against her sister was not dropped.

She says her sister could have pleaded guilty and be given probation, but refused


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: 2; pumpkin; pumpkinpatch
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1 posted on 02/19/2012 6:43:19 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

As usual.... There is likely more to the story than is being reported.


2 posted on 02/19/2012 6:45:44 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: Responsibility2nd

I tend to agree. Could be a whole lot more to this story.


3 posted on 02/19/2012 6:50:45 PM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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4 posted on 02/19/2012 6:53:40 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DemforBush

I suppose ignorantly shoplifting a pumpkin is possible, especially if it was mixed in with other items that one did purchase, but pumpkins aren’t exactly something one carries on his person daily.


5 posted on 02/19/2012 7:03:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am thinking there has to be more to this story also. But here is the story from the local news station in Albuquerque, NM:

“Atencio (her sister) 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.”


6 posted on 02/19/2012 7:04:01 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Sorry, she deserves.


7 posted on 02/19/2012 7:09:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: rawhide

Woman Accused Of Stealing $2 Pumpkin Faces Trial
Sister: Lauren Medina Forgot To Pay For Small Pumpkin At Moriarty Patch

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to court employees, a woman accused of stealing a $2 pumpkin will face a jury trial Tuesday.

Annette Atencio said she can’t believe her 23-year-old sister, Lauren Medina, will actually have to go to trial over a pumpkin.

“I’m in disbelief — the more I talk about it, the angrier I get,” Atencio said.

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.

“(Medina) is a college student, and she’s never been in trouble and never been arrested,” Atencio said.

Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones is hearing the case, and a court employee said that just like every other case, the pumpkin theft case has to go through the court process.


8 posted on 02/19/2012 7:10:08 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: rawhide
Interesting situation ~ she's leaving the place and lo and behold there's a small pumpkin there and she picks it up and a cop is on top of that like a flea on a dog.

Good thing she stopped ~ these people probably would have had her shot.

No doubt we need some more information ~ like was this pumpkin hooked to a vine, was it just there in the parking lot, was it on a table, was it under any sort of supervision, was there a sign saying NO PICK PUMP or something typical of that part of the world, or was it just sitting there being watched intently by a cop hidden behind a bush or something?

There are so many possibilities it boggles the mind. So, I looked up the satellite view to see what I could see. First off, there's a parking lot area. You walk from the lot across a narrow strip of red dirt to large buildings and walk around. Off to the West there are these big bins where they float plastic duckeys or pumpkins. Then there's an area where they shoot pumpkin cannons.

This is NOT a roadside pumpkin market ~ they use them as decor, target practice, shooting, tossing, breaking, jumping on, rolling ~ or what have you.

A cop was watching to see that nobody took any of the pumpkins on their way to the parking lot.

Some of the event pictures at their site look like people can get covered with pumpkin parts.

Looks like a setup to me ~ cop wanted a date or something ~ blew up in his face. Now there's a court trial.

Your tax dollars at work.

9 posted on 02/19/2012 7:36:04 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: AlmaKing

You walk into a pumpkin patch and “forget” to pay for the pumpkin?

They should be arrested just for being liars, or stupid. I am not advocating jail time, but this type of crap needs to stop. And they will say, “but we spent $75, what’s the big deal about a $2.00 pumpkin?

The average profit margin for a grocery store is about 5.5%. So the profit on her purchases would have been about $3.50. And they stole $2.00, or about 40% of the profit from them.

When you think of it thoses terms, I get even more pissed off.


10 posted on 02/19/2012 7:37:52 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: rawhide
Interesting situation ~ she's leaving the place and lo and behold there's a small pumpkin there and she picks it up and a cop is on top of that like a flea on a dog.

Good thing she stopped ~ these people probably would have had her shot.

No doubt we need some more information ~ like was this pumpkin hooked to a vine, was it just there in the parking lot, was it on a table, was it under any sort of supervision, was there a sign saying NO PICK PUMP or something typical of that part of the world, or was it just sitting there being watched intently by a cop hidden behind a bush or something?

There are so many possibilities it boggles the mind. So, I looked up the satellite view to see what I could see. First off, there's a parking lot area. You walk from the lot across a narrow strip of red dirt to large buildings and walk around. Off to the West there are these big bins where they float plastic duckeys or pumpkins. Then there's an area where they shoot pumpkin cannons.

This is NOT a roadside pumpkin market ~ they use them as decor, target practice, shooting, tossing, breaking, jumping on, rolling ~ or what have you.

A cop was watching to see that nobody took any of the pumpkins on their way to the parking lot.

Some of the event pictures at their site look like people can get covered with pumpkin parts.

Looks like a setup to me ~ cop wanted a date or something ~ blew up in his face. Now there's a court trial.

Your tax dollars at work.

11 posted on 02/19/2012 7:37:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: rawhide

And if this is the Lauren Medina they are talking about she is VERY VERY VERY NOT GUILTY ~ and so is that other girl with her: http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/vv351/HaiLauren14/bugg.jpg


12 posted on 02/19/2012 7:39:00 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: rawhide

If a republican was in the Whitehouse, you better believe the eneMedia would try to blame it on the president.


13 posted on 02/19/2012 7:39:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Vermont Lt

It’s not really a pumpkin patch nor is it a grocery store. Go take a look at the website.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 7:41:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Revolting cat!

I’m with you on this one.

$2 pumpkin = serious business.

In fact I just heard about on the top-of-the-hour ABC news blurb.

May justice be done.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 7:44:10 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Revolting cat!

And asset forfeiture, don’t forget that! She must lose everything she owns!

Mark


16 posted on 02/19/2012 7:51:22 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; CedarDave; elkfersupper

WTF


17 posted on 02/19/2012 7:55:06 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: muawiyah
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5ir3oXdw4zg/Suwu7RgAH4I/AAAAAAAAIGk/Yb7566tzrh0/s400/great-pumpkin-charlie-brown1.jpg

18 posted on 02/19/2012 8:08:51 PM PST by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: muawiyah
And if this is the Lauren Medina they are talking about she is VERY VERY VERY NOT GUILTY ~ and so is that other girl with her

I have reviewed the evidence

YOUR RULING IS AFFIRMED! CASE DISMISSED.

19 posted on 02/19/2012 8:13:59 PM PST by McBuff
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To: muawiyah

Once I was at the Base Exchange, getting some clothes and wandered around a bit and then started to leave, forgetting the pants I held in my hands. I got several steps out of the store before realizing what I was doing and hurriedly hopped back into the store, and up to the cash register to pay.
It could have been a mistake.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 8:15:26 PM PST by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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