Giant Oktoberfest Pumpkin Returned After Weekend Theft

Pumpkin Won by Boy Who Guessed Weight Victim of Theft, Returned Later

theftAfter winning a giant pumpkin by guessing its weight, a boy became the victim of theft over the weekend. However, his pumpkin was later returned, with an apology note.

Jaiden Newcomer, 9 years old, reportedly won the 255-lb pumpkin after he correctly guessed its weight at Oktoberfest in Windsor Township, in New York State. Amy Newcomer, Jaiden’s mother, said it initially took four family members and a wheelbarrow to bring the pumpkin home and into its place of honor of their front porch.

After placing the supersized pumpkin on their porch, however, the family became the victims of pumpkin theft.

Strangely, the pumpkin was then returned on Sunday, October 20th.

The thief even left a note apologizing for the theft.

The note said: “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.”

Newcomer said she was surprised the pumpkin was the victim of a simple theft and not a prank, so it did not end up smashed.

“I never thought it would actually be returned,” she said.

Reportedly, after the pumpkin’s theft was reported, neighbors offered to replace the pumpkin. Because of the community’s generosity, Newcomer said, her son wants to return the kindness, and “make pumpkin pies for people who can’t afford it.”

Juvenile Justice and Theft Charges in South Carolina

Legally, “juveniles” are defined as people who are not yet old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. This is usually based on age, and the requirements can vary by a few years by state. However, in most states and at the federal level, a person is no longer a juvenile once they turn 18.

The main goal of the juvenile justice system is treatment of the problem, rather than simply punishing the offender. Generally, juveniles cannot be tried for crimes, so juvenile courts use the civil justice system, and juvenile “criminals” are sentenced to probation and some monitoring. However, minors can be relocated into adult court if the juvenile court waives or surrenders its jurisdiction.

A juvenile crimes conviction can have destructive effects on young people and their loved ones. A conviction in juvenile court might result in a young person’s loss of freedom during important adolescent years, and be harmful to their reputation in the future. In the worst cases, a conviction in juvenile court could be the beginning of a life filled with crime.

According to Legal Dictionary, “Juvenile courts generally have authority over three categories of children: juveniles accused of criminal conduct; juveniles neglected or abused by their parents or in need of assistance from the state; and juveniles accused of a status offense. This last category refers to conduct that is prohibited only to children, such as absence from school (truancy), flight from home, disobedience of reasonable parental controls, and purchase of alcohol, tobacco, or pornography.”

Juvenile courts handle cases involving juvenile delinquency and crimes committed by minors, including but not limited to:

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Juvenile Charges, Including Theft

If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, including guns and theft, you need to ensure his/her legal rights are protected. We can help. Please contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free case evaluation with a dedicated and aggressive criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience handling juvenile court cases. We offer free, confidential consultations, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800

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