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Deputy catches 14 pumpkin thieves
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DARLINGTON — Fourteen people were cited for stealing pumpkins from Amish fields near Belmont after a deputy observed the nighttime thefts over the weekend, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The thefts all occurred in the Town of Belmont Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

“There’s a number of Amish farms in that area, and they either have pumpkins for sale along the road or pumpkin fields near the road,” said Sheriff Reg Gill. “One of our deputies has been up there and observing this going on. He’s being working that area quite a bit and observed these thefts taking place.”

The deputy cited four people from Iowa County for theft at 7:20 p.m. Saturday on Mitchell Hollow Road: Anna M. Conner, 43, and Jamie L. Oates, 42, both of Rewey, Saprina M. Shackelford, 44, Dodgeville, and Jonathan M.P. Thormann, 35, Livingston.

About three hours later, at 10:29 p.m., Carlos A.S. Ronquillo, 19, Dickeyville, was cited for theft and driving without vehicle insurance on County XX. Also cited for theft at the same time and place were Joseph P. Anderson, 18, Geneva, Illinois, and Bryce V. Hetzel, 18, Greenfield.

Then, at 12:52 a.m. Sunday on County B, the deputy cited seven more people for stealing pumpkins. The driver, Wyatt F. Sweet, 20, Tomah, was cited for theft, driving without vehicle insurance and parking on the roadway in the dark.

One of Sweet’s passengers, Kaitlin S. Morton, 19, Rockford, Illinois, was cited for theft. The rest of the passengers were cited for theft and underage drinking: Zachary M. Brooks, 19, Richfield, Jonathan R. Redfern, 20, Verona, Logan R. Morgan, 19, Seymour, Madison E. Haack, 19, Lancaster, and Jacob L. Fell, 19, Racine.