- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Alexandria, Va., police and even a few angry city residents are weighing how to punish a band of egg-wielding pranksters who spent nearly three hours one night pelting a neighborhood with hundreds of the edible projectiles.
While egg attacks are not uncommon, this one was no simple gag. The boys vandalized property at random on four streets in the usually quiet and crime-free Seminary Ridge neighborhood on Dec. 11.
The teen-agers, students at T.C. Williams and Bishop Ireton high schools, told police they first stopped in the Safeway on King Street to buy 12 cartons, each containing 18 eggs a total of 216 eggs.
When the supply ran dry, they dropped in to the Giant on King Street to buy more, and even stopped a third time to stock up at the Magruder's on Duke Street.
But the egg attack ended when police caught up with the five high school students, ages 16 and 17, and charged them with destruction of property. Their mischief did not sit well with angry residents, who spent the next morning scrubbing yolk off front doors and car hoods.
"I think a major car wash for the neighborhood would be a great punishment for them," said Susan Brooks, a teacher whose new Land Rover was one of two family vehicles hit by eggs. Others wanted an apology.
Some residents, however, were rather understanding.
"I would put it under the heading of boyhood prank," said Bruce E. McCarthy, who lives on Colonel Ellis Avenue, noting that the eggings were a "waste of food."
He said his daughter's car was struck by an egg, but that was weeks before this recent spree.
"Maybe they were just warming up," Mr. McCarthy said.
The boys have been released to the custody of their parents. They were not identified because they are minors.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and the victims will decide whether to pursue any charges.
"Restitution and community service is very common and appropriate," said Amy Bertsch, an Alexandria police spokeswoman. About a dozen victims have given reports to police.
Miss Bertsch said police do not know how many houses and cars were hit because many residents probably just cleaned up and never called in a report.
Mrs. Brooks said an officer told her the boys were arrested after hitting 40 homes.
Among those who returned home to find eggshells in the driveway was U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, who owns a house in the Seminary Ridge neighborhood.
Police said residents began calling about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, complaining that several boys in a pickup were throwing eggs. A description of the perpetrators and their truck was broadcast over police radios.
At 11 p.m., officers stopped a group of teens at Seminary Road and North Quaker Lane after they drove through a stop sign. Police found "a large quantity of eggs in the truck," Miss Bertsch said.
Police arrested four teens in the vehicle and apprehended a fifth later at his home.

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