Bizarre moment phantom pumpkin pincher strikes caught on security video


BIZARRE video shows a thief steal a pumpkin collection from a front garden before returning to smash the final fruit.

The four pumpkins were left out to entertain trick or treaters in Cannock, Staffordshire, last night.

But a mystery man was caught on a security camera stealing three of the pumpkins on two separate visits.

The lurker then returned and stamped on the fourth pumpkin, which had been transformed into a “blackboard”.

The pumpkins were carved and decorated by nurse Marie Price-Franks, 24, her partner Ceiran Milsom, 23, and their five-year-old daughter Luna.

Marie posted on social media: “Some absolute scum. My family’s pumpkins thrown and smashed.

“They have taken my six month old baby’s dummy that she has had since she was a baby.

If this is you, you should be ashamed. There were sweets still in those pumpkins for the trick or treaters and someone has just stolen them, and booted them in.

“What a rotten world we live in.”

The clip shows a hooded man walking along the pavement before suddenly pouncing on the sitting pumpkins.

The man picks one up, spooking a cat that runs under a car. The man runs away with the pumpkin.

He then returns and steals two more sitting side by side before once again running away.

The thug returns for a third time. This time faced with the chalkboard pumpkin which he stomps over, tearing the pumpkin apart. The man then sprints off.

Amie Clare Louise asked in her posted response: “What is wrong with people seriously.”

The thief also smashed the family’s pumpkin

Jessica Broomhall added: “Horrible horrible b******!”

Charlie Farlie wrote: “Senseless brain-dead scum bags. Can’t reason with d***heads like that.”

Grace Preece said: “That’s awful. Poor cat looked scared too. Absolute wrong’un!”

Marie said today “I’m not sure why anyone would want to steal a pumpkin. Especially as it isn’t a younger child who is trying to impress their friends.

“She put a lot of effort making hand made decorations and faces on the pumpkins. We also made a baby pumpkin for our six-month-old daughter, and used her dummy to decorate the pumpkin which she has had since she was born.”

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