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Neighbors frustrated over cars and houses being vandalized

Benjamin Crossing on the south side of Lafayette is reporting weekly cases of vehicles and homes being egged.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 6:42 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Benjamin Crossing neighborhood on the south side of Lafayette is reporting weekly cases of vehicles and homes being egged.

Richard Stair has been living in Benjamin Crossing for a few years. He said the problems began earlier this summer when vehicles and houses started getting egged.

"There are quite a few cars on my street that have been vandalize," said Stair.

Stair said he's having to clean up broken eggs from his vehicle and house on a weekly basis.

"Pretty much every time you throw an egg at a car and it sits especially if it sits overnight, the acid in the egg breaks down the paint and causes cracking in the paint and the only way to get it fixed is to have it repainted," added Stair.

Stair said the damaged from the vandal is going to cost him roughly $1,000.

Lt. Brian Lowe with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's office said the department has received more than 30 reports of egging throughout the neighborhood. He added that whoever is doing these crimes could face jail time.

'It is a crime, if you throw eggs at vehicles and you cause damage that's a criminal mischief crime in Indiana, and so you could potentially be arrested for that," stated Lowe.

Neighbors said they have started putting up surveillance cameras with the hopes of catching those responsible.

"People should be able to have nice things and not have to worry about them being destroyed," added Stair.

"So, we need help from the community if you know who's doing it or if you witness it, call us immediately," said Lowe. "For those out there that are doing this and think it's fun, when you do get caught it may not be so fun,"

Lowe said while they do not know who is doing these crimes, he believes they are around the ages of 16 to 25 years of age. 

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