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Vandals destroy $4K worth of pumpkins used for church fundraiser

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pumpkin patch on the South Hill has become the target of vandals.

Sometime after 8 p.m. Saturday, someone smashed hundreds of pumpkins in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima on 33rd Avenue.

"Oh, it's crazy I don't get it," said Mark Sullivan, a church volunteer. " I don't understand why someone would do this."

Sullivan said so many pumpkins were smashed the mess created a traffic hazard on 33rd Avenue.  Spokane city street crews spent four hours cleaning up pumpkin pieces.

Vandals destroy $4K worth of pumpkins used for church fundraiser

"He had so many pumpkins that he had to leave with his pickup and come back with a dump truck and then he came back with street sweeper, who knows how much tax payer dollars that cost, it's a lot of money," said Sullivan.

The pumpkin patch is a fundraiser for the church's youth group.  Dan Glatt, Youth Minister for the church, estimates the vandals destroyed $4,000 worth of pumpkins.

"We have students who are raising money to go to the University of Notre Dame next summer for a leadership conference, students starting to raise money for a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal," said Glatt.

The vandals also destroyed a canopy and a scarecrow.

"If this is their life, I don't know what you are getting out of it," said Sullivan. "Is this a thrill ride? I don't know.  I'd rather them do this then to somebody."

If you have any information about the vandalism call Crime Check at 456-2233.