Two pumpkin-smashing suspects have been grabbed by Oregon police, ending a weeks-long crime spree.
Halloween is a time of celebration for those young and old, where the young go out and gather candy from friendly neighbors, while the old assemble on weekends in alcohol and costume-fueled parties.
But where does that leave those in between? Teenagers are most often considered too old to go trick-or-treating, but they’re too young to take part in those same parties that adults do. So instead, they lash out, toilet-papering people’s houses or throwing eggs.
However, two Oregon teenagers took things a step too far when they started stealing pumpkins and then hurled them through car windows.
Jacob Stephen Solomon and Adrian Andres Ochoa, both aged 19, were arrested on Wednesday in connection with at least 50 vandalized cars, many with pumpkins thrown through the windshield and splattering gourd guts all over their interiors.
Reports of broken car windows have been coming into Grants Pass Police since October 7th. Witnesses reported seeing the teenagers driving around late at night, stealing Halloween pumpkins from supermarket displays, and then throwing them at parked cars.
"It sounds like there was probably alcohol involved and just a bunch of stupid decisions," Lt. Misty English told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Solomon and Ochoa now face multiple criminal mischief charges. Victims have so far reported damages to their vehicles totaling over $30,000, but that number is expected to climb higher after repair assessments are completed.
Police said it was easy to track down the pumpkin pilferers thanks to their distinctive getaway vehicle: a gold Buick with a large dent in the side. "That made it pretty easy to recognize," English said.
It’s thus far unknown if either young man has retained an attorney.
In other pumpkin-smashing news, a town in New Hampshire has similarly ended a pumpkin crime spree after arresting a quintet of juvenile delinquents. Five teenagers were arrested and released to their parent’s custody after being caught stealing pumpkins and then smashing them through car windshields, according to the Nashua Telegraph.
All five will face criminal mischief charges in a juvenile court.