Police Briefs

Thursday September 26, 2002

n Egging 

More than 40 cars were splattered with eggs in the Berkeley hills late Monday night, according to residents. 

“All up and down our street - there was one egg per car,” said Nancy Mint, who lives on the 400 block of Vincente Avenue. 

About a mile southeast on the 700 block of Keeler Avenue, a resident who wished not to be named painted a similar picture. 

“There were at least six cars hit by eggs,” she said. “When I called the police Monday morning, they said they had gotten more than 40 complaints.” She said neighbors reported empty egg cartons strewn along local streets. 

Police responded to four reported cases of car eggings Monday morning, but do not have any suspects. 

None of the victims saw the vandals, police information officer Mary Kusmiss said. 

The crime is not as petty as some might think. 

“If eggs are affixed to a car for a long period of time they can damage paint jobs,” Kusmiss said. 

Mintz was able to hose her car clean, but did notice a strange phenomenon. 

“None off the eggs had yolks,” she said, guessing that local animals sucked out the nutrient-laden core before residents awoke Monday. 


n Stolen laser 

Three men stole a $15,000 laser used for underground construction from a truck that was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Cedar Street and Cornell Avenue, police said. At approximately 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, three men pulled up next to the victim who was driving a delivery truck. While the victim was stopped at the red light, the men opened the unlocked truck, took the laser and sped away.  


n Brawl 

A large fight erupted at a nightclub on the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue at 1:36 a.m. Sunday Morning, police said. Police broke up the fight and ordered the club closed for the evening. They did not make any arrests. 


n Unknown Gunfire 

Four teens were seen shooting an unknown type of gun at beer bottles on the 100 block of Seawall drive at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday night. According to police, a witness saw the shooting and assumed the suspects were firing a pellet gun. Police arrived after the four suspects had driven away and did not see evidence of and pellet fire or any other type of ammunition. The suspects escaped in a 1990s white Pontiac Sunbird with a black bra over the front of the car.