Overnight theft at church pumpkin patch breeds more questions than answers

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WILMINGTON - Workers at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist pumpkin patch claim that they've been the victims of a crime.

Pumpkin patch employees told WWAY that they needed to call Wilmington Police the morning of October 24 after the organizer noticed their overnight drop box was missing.

The drop box is the youth group's way of allowing people to pay for pumpkins or donate after hours when no one is working. Workers said the box gets cleaned out each morning, so it is unclear how much money was stolen or at what time.

The organizer told WWAY that the box was secured and bolted to the picnic table. It's been reported that the thieves were able to saw it off and take it.

The church uses the money earned from the pumpkin patch for youth ministry and mission projects.