Over 300 pumpkins stolen from Buckeye patch

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 09:12:05-04

Halloween without a pumpkin? A group of thieves is behind the large theft, according to a Buckeye pumpkin patch owner. 

About 300 pumpkins were stolen from a pumpkin patch that is meant for kids, festival director of Rocker 7 Farm Patch Kelly Stecker said. 

"It's definitely a loss for us. Those pumpkins range in price from $8 to $16; some of them even $18. We are looking at a loss of about $3,000," Stecker said.

She said sometime between Sunday night after 7 p.m. and Wednesday morning, someone took hundreds of pumpkins from the patch. 

Stecker said the pumpkins that were stolen were put out in the patch for school tours that were scheduled this week. 

She said over 800 students were expected to visit the patch, so now they're scrambling to try to replace the stolen property. She said the patch has taken financial hits for three years now, and the stolen property isn't helping ease their woes. 

"To know that somebody came to the property and just took a big chunk of that away from the people who would be coming this's just not a good feeling at all," Stecker said.

She believes a group of thieves targeted her patch. A police report has been filed with the city.