Kevin Beckman

Photo courtesy of Deidre Beckman

Update: Long Island Boy's Missing Pumpkin Returned

October 16, 2018 - 9:56 pm

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A pumpkin allegedly stolen from the front stoop of a Long Island home has been returned following the heartbreaking pleas of a young boy.

The pumpkin, weighing more than 100 pounds, was the last gift 6-year-old Kevin Beckman ever received from his grandfather, who recently died of liver failure.

Kevin proudly displayed the bright orange gourd on the front stoop of his North Lewis Avenue home in Lindenhurst, but sadly someone stole the pumpkin on Friday night.

The pumpkin was left on the family's front lawn Tuesday evening. CBS2 reports a note was left along with the pumpkin asking for the $500 reward the family had offered for its return or the identity of the alleged thief. 

Kevin Beckman
Photo courtesy of Deidre Beckman

"Please bring it back," the boy pleaded earlier Tuesday. "And if it's smashed please tell us where it is so we can get the seeds and grow it again next year."

Kevin's mother, Deidre Beckman, had said they just want the pumpkin back, no questions asked.

Kevin Beckman with his grandfather
Photo courtesy of Deidre Beckman

Kevin says he misses his grandfather.

"He was a special man to me," Kevin said. "I loved him very much, he was a great man."