Police: 2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist

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PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that had been cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers.

Police said Friday that two boys confessed to raiding a pumpkin patch cared for months by students at Eastern New Mexico University's Child Development Center.

School officials found the pumpkins missing and vines destroyed Monday morning. Officials say the school's 26 students had studied and watered them since they were sprouts.

Eastern New Mexico University Police say surveillance footage of the heist and a tip led investigators to the boys.

Police say footage also shows two other juveniles involved and authorities are expected to question them soon.

The four suspects were identified as juvenile males, ages 15, 15, 14, and 14.

Authorities say criminal damage to property and criminal trespass charges are expected.

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