Woman taken to court for stealing a pumpkin

February 20th, 2012 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New Mexico, Feb 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A woman in New Mexico has been dragged to court for stealing a $2 pumpkin from a store. The woman’s sister maintains that she forgot and it was not intentional.

23-year-old Lauren Medina is scheduled to appear before a jury on Tuesday. Officials say the incident happened in October 2011 at the McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. Prosecutors decided to go ahead with the charges after investigation into the incident.

Medina’s sister Annette Atencio has come to her defense. She revealed that on the fateful that, Medina spent about $75 and still had mother to pay for the pumpkin. Atencio explained that Medina took out money to pay for the pumpkin but was not allowed to do so.

Instead, Atencio revealed, she was arrested for stealing the pumpkin. Medina has been charged with theft and she pleaded not guilty at her initial appearance. She will appear before Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday.

Antencio said Medina was given the opportunity to plead guilty in a plea bargain that would have ensured that she only got probation. She however declined to take that option and decided to fight the case in its full course.

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