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

Published On: Oct 27 2012 04:00:23 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 27 2012 05:29:14 PM PDT
Smashed pumpkins
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.

"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.