Thief pilfers jewelry & cash from pumpkin patch

CHICO, Calif. - The fun of a Chico Halloween celebration has been spoiled by a thief.  But this was no Halloween prank or someone dressed up like a burglar.  An intruder stole thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from the owners of a Chico pumpkin patch.

T. J. Farms southwest of Chico has been hosting a pumpkin patch celebration since 1994.  Several generations of the Moss family open up their farm to the public each year.  They have a pumpkin patch, kids' obstacle course, bounce house and hayrides.

But on Saturday, an intruder entered their home while they were working the event outdoors in their barn.  The thief stole several thousands of dollars in cash and checks.  T.J. Farms Owner Mary Moss said they also swiped all her family jewelry that had been passed down three generations.

"I was very very  sad, and disappointed," said Moss.  "I'm sad because I didn't want to lose all my grandmothers and mother's jewelry as well as my own."

The Moss family reported the theft to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.  The stolen items include family heirlooms, and Mary Moss's anniversary gift, a ring with a large citrine stone.

They estimate the theft happened between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday.  The Mosses say for the last couple of weekends, they've averaged about 2,000 visitors a day.

If you have information about who took the items from T.J. Farms, call the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

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