Vandals wreck Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch in Morgan Hill

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What a bunch of punk-kins.

A group of vandals broke into a California pumpkin patch this week and wreaked havoc, pushing over portable toilets and taking a tractor for a destructive joyride, according to the farm manager.

The hooligans caused thousands of dollars in damage during the mayhem at Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch in Morgan Hill, a popular annual attraction for local families.

“They knocked over porta potties. They broke multiple scarecrows; they are all custom-made. They probably went through about a dozen pumpkins,” Daniel Estrada, operations manager for Spina Farms, told NBC Bay Area.

Estrada said the break-in happened around midnight on Wednesday. The farm’s security guard noticed something was up after she heard giggling and the sound of a tractor running.

She then confronted at least four people — including one driving the tractor. 

The hooligans caused thousands of dollars in damage during the mayhem at Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch in Morgan Hill. NBC
The vandals knocked over port-a-potties. NBC
Farm manager Daniel Estrada said they also destroyed at least a dozen pumpkins. NBC

“The gentleman driving the tractor just gunned it. He took off, went through our marigolds, crashed through the fence and took the cow train out onto Santa Teresa,” Estrada said.

Fortunately, the train got caught on the wired fence, causing it to stall in the middle of the road.

The driver then dropped his phone in front of the security guard, which she grabbed. He threatened her and demanded that she give it back to him.

She refused and told them she was calling the cops.

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Facebook/Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch
Daniel Estrada, operations manager for Spina Farms. NBC

“They all took off once they heard the police were coming,” he said.

Farm employees had to work all through the night to ensure that none of the scheduled field trips would have to be canceled.

Spina Farms shared a photo of the cell phone’s lock screen on its Facebook page, asking the public for any clues as to who it belongs to.

The incident is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made.




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