KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police are investigating reports of several incidents of vehicles and homes being vandalized over the past few weeks.
Lt. Tony Bean Burpee said the first word of cars and homes being egged surfaced during Kennebunk High School’s Spirit Week, March 11-15.
At that time, according to community members, there were rumors that some juniors had egged seniors’ cars, and that seniors had retaliated. But since then, reports of more incidents have surfaced, with some homeowners taking to social media to report their homes and cars have been hit as many as three times, and covered with items such as eggs, catsup and potato chips.
Bean Burpee said police have received reports of at least a half dozen incidents so far, with the last complaint coming Monday morning.
Sheryl Burns said she went to police Monday after returning home Sunday from a night away and discovering that her house as well as two vehicles left in the driveway were covered with broken eggs. One of the vehicles even had an unbroken egg left on the driver’s seat, she said, noting that both a junior and a senior’s vehicles were hit.
Burns, the mother of two high school-age sons, said her younger son’s truck was first hit by eggs while he was staying at a friend’s house in Kennebunkport March 15.
“The passenger side door had blood all over it,” she said, adding that she believes that one of the alleged vandals must have gotten cut climbing into the bed of her son’s truck. “There were eggs on the sunroof and the back window.”
Burns said she didn’t file a police report at that time.
“I thought it was Spirit Week stuff,” she said. But with Spirit Week over more than a week and a half ago, and with the attacks growing more random, Burns said she doesn’t believe that anymore.
Neither does KHS Principal Sue Cressey.
“It makes me feel sad to associate this with Spirit Week,” she said. “It’s taken on a life of its own.”
Cressey said while Spirit Week is a time of friendly rivalry between classes, the acts of vandalism are just “hurtful.”
“It needs to end,” she said.
Burns agreed, saying things changed for her Sunday.
“They hit my house,” she said, and though her sons and their friends cleaned most everything off, some of the egg remains in the crevasses of the windows above her garage.
Burns has had enough.
“It’s just nuts,” she said. “I don’t want to deal with it again.”
Bean Burpee said police are investigating, but it has been tough to pinpoint who did what when because several homeowners have decided not to file police reports or to deal with the alleged vandals on their own.
He said local stores are tracking large egg purchases and that police were planning to watch a surveillance tape from a local store showing teens buying numerous eggs over the weekend.
Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said his department had two reports of eggings over the weekend as well, but there was no damage and the department has no suspects.
Burns said she’s hoping more homeowners and parents come forward to cooperate with police so they can do their job and make the vandalism stop before it escalates into something worse.
“Just file a report,” she said.
Parents or students who wish to make an anonymous report can call the Kennebunk police tip line at 985-2102, ext. 1622. To reach Kennebunk police call 985-6121. To reach the Kennebunkport police, call 967-2454.