Stolen giant pumpkin returned to South Dakota grower

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A giant pumpkin that was brazenly stolen from the yard of a residence in South Dakota has been found and returned.

Matthew Murraine tells the Black Hills Pioneer ( ) that a man found his 100-pound pumpkin in a rural area near Spearfish and returned it to him last week.

Murraine says whoever took it had tried to carve it.

On Sept. 18, someone backed a vehicle up to Murraine's house and made off with one of the two large pumpkins he had been growing at his home all summer.

The theft drew national attention, which surprised Murraine. He says he just wanted people in Spearfish to know.

Murraine followed his original plan and donated the pumpkin to another family.