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Pumpkin Holds Menacing Message for Gourd-Grabbing Thief

By Gwynne Hogan | October 18, 2017 7:27am | Updated on October 18, 2017 9:59am
 Jacqui Preston, 32, wrote the menacing message on her pumpkin over the weekend.
Jacqui Preston, 32, wrote the menacing message on her pumpkin over the weekend.
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GLENDALE — She's out of her gourd. 

A Glendale woman whose holiday pumpkin had been pinched from her front stoop by a prowler wrote a message of menace on a replacement pumpkin to whomever took it.

"This home is being SURVEILLANCED [sic]," wrote Jacqui Preston, 32, on a pumpkin she got to her replace the stolen gourd over the weekend. "We know who stole the pumpkin! Return it and we won't have you ARRESTED!"

Preston, a health education graduate student at Columbia University reached at her home on 80th Street, realized her pumpkin was stolen on Saturday and was dumbfounded by how hollow the thief had been.

"I couldn't believe somebody stole a pumpkin," she said. "Who would steal a pumpkin? Come on!"

Turns out the note on the pumpkin was more of a "scare tactic," than anything else, she said.

While there is a security camera on her home she hasn't reviewed the footage and she's hoping the note itself will, "knock some sense" into the gourd-grabber.

And she pointed out, there are security cameras all along the block. Kids should know to keep their sticky fingers to themselves, she said.

Several days have passed and still no sign of her lost pumpkin, though she hopes the punk will come to their senses.

"You shouldn't be stealing someone's things," she said.