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Teens arrested after tossing eggs from car at pedestrians in Saanich and Victoria

Jul 05 2012
Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen with seized eggs. 

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen with seized eggs.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Victoria Times Colonist , timescolonist.com July 2012Three teenagers were arrested late Tuesday after tossing eggs from their vehicle, in the first in a string of egg-related calls that extended into the early hours Wednesday for Saanich police.

Saanich police received several complaints from pedestrians in the first incident, with people describing the car as a “distinct” black BMW that had been customized and lowered. The car was spotted by Saanich police on Glanford Avenue around 10:45 p.m. — about an hour after two complaints.

Police found eight cartons in plain view, with 89 of 96 eggs missing, and arrested the 17-year-old male driver and two 16-year-old female passengers for assault.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said the egging incident is no laughing matter, though some might consider it a prank.

“These eggs were being thrown from a moving vehicle. When you add the velocity of a vehicle to a thrown egg, it can spell disaster if someone’s struck in the right fashion.”

A hard shot in the face or eye could cause significant damage, Jantzen said.

The first complaint came in around 9:30 p.m. from a man and woman walking their dogs near Wilkinson Road and Mann Avenue. Another came in 15 minutes later, after a man walking on Cedar Hill Road reported being hit and bruised by eggs.

The sheer number of eggs missing from the cartons leads police to believe there are more victims who have yet to come forward, Jantzen said.

“Very clearly, these eggs weren’t used for making omelettes,” he said. “If anyone was a victim of getting struck by an egg here in Saanich, or really across the region, we do want to hear from them at the Saanich Police Department headquarters.

“We will put them in touch with our investigator.”

Unrelated egg-tossing complaints were called in just after 11:30 p.m. Police were told that youths were hurling eggs at vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway at McKenzie Avenue.

The youths were not located.

At 1 a.m., Saanich police found another eight egg cartons after an officer stopped a vehicle full of youths in the 1500-block of McKenzie Avenue. The cartons, all full, were seized by the police after the teens admitted they weren’t planning a breakfast scramble.

There does not appear to be any relationship between the two egg-laden vehicles, Jantzen said.

“It didn’t look like the people were known to each other,” he said. “It’s not very typical that we receive multiple complaints regarding eggings on the same evening.”

ljohnston@timescolonist.com

jwbell@timescolonist.comThree teenagers were arrested late Tuesday after tossing eggs from their vehicle, in the first in a string of egg-related calls that extended into the early hours Wednesday for Saanich police.

Saanich police received several complaints from pedestrians in the first incident, with people describing the car as a “distinct” black BMW that had been customized and lowered. The car was spotted by Saanich police on Glanford Avenue around 10:45 p.m. — about an hour after two complaints.

Police found eight cartons in plain view, with 89 of 96 eggs missing, and arrested the 17-year-old male driver and two 16-year-old female passengers for assault.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said the egging incident is no laughing matter, though some might consider it a prank.

“These eggs were being thrown from a moving vehicle. When you add the velocity of a vehicle to a thrown egg, it can spell disaster if someone’s struck in the right fashion.”

A hard shot in the face or eye could cause significant damage, Jantzen said.

The first complaint came in around 9:30 p.m. from a man and woman walking their dogs near Wilkinson Road and Mann Avenue. Another came in 15 minutes later, after a man walking on Cedar Hill Road reported being hit and bruised by eggs.

The sheer number of eggs missing from the cartons leads police to believe there are more victims who have yet to come forward, Jantzen said.

“Very clearly, these eggs weren’t used for making omelettes,” he said. “If anyone was a victim of getting struck by an egg here in Saanich, or really across the region, we do want to hear from them at the Saanich Police Department headquarters.

“We will put them in touch with our investigator.”

Unrelated egg-tossing complaints were called in just after 11:30 p.m. Police were told that youths were hurling eggs at vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway at McKenzie Avenue.

The youths were not located.

At 1 a.m., Saanich police found another eight egg cartons after an officer stopped a vehicle full of youths in the 1500-block of McKenzie Avenue. The cartons, all full, were seized by the police after the teens admitted they weren’t planning a breakfast scramble.

There does not appear to be any relationship between the two egg-laden vehicles, Jantzen said.

“It didn’t look like the people were known to each other,” he said. “It’s not very typical that we receive multiple complaints regarding eggings on the same evening.”

ljohnston@timescolonist.com

jwbell@timescolonist.com
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