Egging surveillance photo
Pictured is a surveillance photo of a possible vandal’s car. If you have any information on this incident, call Phoenix Police at (602) 262-6151.
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West Anthem egging leads to criminal damage

Elizabeth Medora~ 5/21/2014

ANTHEM – Egging is not a prank – it’s vandalism.

That’s the message City of Phoenix Police Precinct Commander Joe Klima is trying to get out to kids in the community.

“Often, people minimize acts of vandalism like egging. These are not harmless pranks,” said Klima. “Criminal damage can be a class one misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount of damage done.”

A West Anthem resident’s car was egged in the early morning on May 13. The vandals didn’t just egg her car. They went as far as opening the gas cap and cracking an egg into the car’s gas tank.

“They did over $2,000 of damage,” noted the resident, who asked not to be named.

Her car was parked in her driveway. She had brought it home only five days earlier – now this brand new car needs a paint job due to the extensive damage.

The level of vandalism in this incident has left this resident and her family feeling targeted.

“I don’t feel safe in my home now,” she said.

Klima said that this incident is an ongoing investigation. Phoenix Police is actively pursuing the vandals and, when they are caught, will be either turning them over the juvenile division or booking them into jail, depending on the age of the vandals. Criminal damage carries a possibility of jail time.

While Anthem doesn’t see a lot of crime, Klima noted that he understands any crime is difficult when you’re the victim. He added some crime-preventing tips.

“Most of the crimes in this area are crimes of opportunity. Make sure your garage door is closed. Make sure your cars are locked,” he recommended. He also recommended that residents form connections with neighbors and work together to prevent crime.

“Reach out to your neighbors,” said Klima. “If you see their garage door open at 10 or 11 at night, go knock on their door and let them know. Save them the headache of potentially being a victim of theft.”

Klima’s number one recommendation to stop crime: “If there’s something that doesn’t seem right, call the police right away.”

To report information on a potential crime or ongoing investigation, call Phoenix Police’s Crime Stop line at (602) 262-6151 or (480) WITNESS.