Gaithersburg police are keeping an eye out for vandals after an unknown person or group pelted private property with eggs in local neighborhoods.
Five separate reports occurred on Feb. 26-27, with the vandals targeting mainly houses, but also one vehicle.
The reported vandalism occurred on the 300 block of Kent Oaks Way, the 200 block of Holmard Street, the 500 block of Chestertown Street, and the 200 block of Beckwith Street.
“Officers are made aware of the incidents via a daily crime report that they discuss during their roll call briefing prior to each shift,” said Gaithersburg Police Department spokesman Dan Lane. “With this information, officers are able to keep an eye out during their tour of duty for such activity.”
Although an egging is not the worst crime that can happen, eggs can actually inflict significant harm on painted surfaces, most notably motor vehicles. (Not to mention the feelings of insecurity or frustration that can accompany being the victim of any property crime.) If allowed to remain on the car surface for too long, eggs become a corrosive force and can eat away the paint surface. The tiny shell fragments that occur when the egg breaks also can spread over the paint surface and cause tiny scratches that, if also left untreated, can ultimately lead to larger scratches in the paint and its clear coat exterior.
“Should (residents) find egg on their car, remove it immediately,” Lane advised. “Do not let egg sit on your car, even overnight.”
Lane also suggested removing egg shell pieces by hand if they are not already dried on the car, in order to avoid unnecessary scratching. Use a soft cloth or towel to wipe up any remaining egg.
If a resident finds egg on his or her home, simply rinse the siding with a garden hose or wipe down the surface with an enzyme-based detergent or alkaline all-purpose cleaner. “Cleaning a stain from the side of the house with a hose works best on egg that hasn’t dried completely, and it can help remove small pieces of egg,” Lane said.
Alternatively, you can mix one cup of white vinegar and one cup of warm water, pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle and spray onto the dried egg surface. For caked-on egg, use a paint scraper or a similar tool to remove, taking care not to scratch the paint underneath.
If residents see anything suspicious, they are urged to contact police. Residents can call the non-emergency line of the Montgomery County Police Department at 301.279.8000, or the Gaithersburg Police Department non-emergency tip line at 301.330.4471. Be sure to be as detailed as possible about what you are seeing, and when and where it was seen.