Victim and deputy crack egging case
A Virginia City man, plagued by repeated eggings of his vehicle, set up a surveillance camera – and what he recorded, along with a sharp-eyed deputy and a half-dozen eggs, netted a suspect.
Sgt. Ken Quirk with the Storey County Sheriff’s Office said victim Jeff Hoppe, 52, reported to police that his vehicle had been egged on Sept. 12, 20 and 28. Quirk said the vandalism stopped for about a month but then resumed on Nov. 3, 16 and 21.
Fed up, Hoppe installed a surveillance camera Nov. 23, just in time to catch an early-morning egging Nov. 24.
At about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Storey County Deputy M.J. Duncan was driving past Hoppe’s home when he saw a vehicle that matched the one caught on tape. He decided to stop it and approached the sole occupant, Allan Clark, 48, of Dayton.
In the car with Hoppe were six raw eggs.
“Deputy Duncan questioned him at length, and Clark confessed pretty quickly,” Quirk said. “He was planning on doing it again when we stopped him and basically caught him in the act.
“The vandalism usually happened between 5:25 and 5:55 in the morning. Mr. Clark worked in Reno, and on his way to work, he would go soil Mr. Hoppe’s car, and then continue on to work.”
Quirk said Clark admitted that the assault was part of a grudge he’d held against Hoppe for the past 10 years. Quirk said Hoppe had no recollection of Clark or the dispute. Clark was released at the scene and now is facing charges relating to seven counts of injury to property from the Storey County District Attorney’s Office, Quirk said.
Neither Hoppe nor Clark could be reached for comment.