A great pumpkin returns after a weekend disappearance


Jaiden Newcomer got his giant pumpkin back with an apology note from the thief. (Jason Plotkin/York Daily Record via Associated Press)
October 22, 2013

A thief has returned a 100-pound pumpkin that a Pennsylvania boy won by correctly guessing its weight — accompanied by a note apologizing for the theft.

Jaiden Newcomer, 9, of York, won the pumpkin at an Oktoberfest celebration in Windsor Township. Four family members lifted it onto the porch when they brought it home, Jaiden’s grandmother, Josie Tomchick, told the York Dispatch.

Jaiden had displayed the giant pumpkin on the porch until it was stolen last week.

But the newspaper reported that the pumpkin was back on the porch Sunday evening after it returned from a weekend trip.

The thief also left a note saying: “I’m really sorry about taking your pumpkin, it was wrong of me, you earned the pumpkin, I didn’t think my actions through, nor realize who they were affecting. Sincerest apologies.”

Amy Newcomer says her son is “very excited. He’s beside himself.”

Associated Press

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