SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Matthew Murraine wants to know who swiped his 100-pound pumpkin.
Murraine has been growing a type of large pumpkin at his home in Spearfish, South Dakota, this summer. Last Friday, someone stole the largest one in a heist Murraine believes was carefully planned.
“They backed right up to the house. That’s pretty brazen,” he told the Black Hills Pioneer (http://bit.ly/1NQId7u ). “They brought a saw. You could see on the stem where they had cut.”
The pumpkin grew as much as 2 inches per day, which Murraine said was fascinating “in a nerdy pumpkin grower kind of way.” It still had a month of growing time left and would have reached about 120 pounds, he estimated.
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“It dwarfed my daughter, and she is 3,” he said.
During the growing season, the pumpkin required 20 gallons of water every four days and a gallon of milk each week for calcium. Murraine said the pumpkin was worth about $200, but the value isn’t what he considers most important.
“I want them to felt guilty about taking (it) from kids,” he said.
Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com