The Great New Mexico Pumpkin Heist of 2014 has been solved. Mostly.

Two 15-year-old boys have confessed to destroying a pumpkin patch that preschoolers in Portales, N.M. had lovingly cared for, for months.

There's a lesson to be learned here regarding the risk-return-tradeoff, but we think 3-4 years old is a bit young to learn it.

The patch was found by employees of Eastern New Mexico University's Child Development Center earlier this week, sans pumpkins, vines torn and frayed.

Multiple forms of evidence led investigators to the boys, who 'fessed up. Surveillance footage of the scene shows two additional boys, both 14, who police are expected to question soon.

The juveniles face charges of criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing.