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Leonia Police Chief Sets Zero Tolerance Policy For Egg Throwers

Leonia Police Chief Thomas Rowe
Leonia Police Chief Thomas Rowe Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

LEONIA, N.J. -- Mischief Night in Leonia last year was the quietest that Police Chief Thomas Rowe could recall in his 25 years with the department -- and he's hoping for a repeat performance.

"In total, we confiscated only one egg," he said. "In some previous years, we have confiscated more than 25 dozen eggs."

A pair of youths recently got a head start, egging several houses last week. Rowe issued a video that he hopes lead to those responsible.

He also had a message for parents for this weekend:

"Since Mischief Night falls on a Friday, I know there will most likely be more children out this year than last year. If your children are going to be out, please make sure they do not have any eggs or any other items or substances that can cause damage to property or injury to a person.

"We have already visited all of the businesses in town that sell eggs and asked them not to sell eggs to children.

"In light of the recent eggings of numerous houses in town, we will have a zero tolerance policy for any child found to be in possession of eggs. Any child found to be in possession of eggs will be either driven home or will be bought to the police station if a parent or guardian is not home.

"This year the goal is zero eggs. Please help us achieve this goal by speaking to your children if they are going to be out [tonight]."

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