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Scottsdale house vandalized with eggs — and chicken and shrimp

One morning earlier this year, Scottsdale resident Michael Bigler woke up and headed to the gym. He didn’t get far.

"I slammed the door shut and I come back, and I’m like 'Oh, we got egged,'" said Bigler.

You’ve probably heard of houses being egged, if not in real life, perhaps in a movie featuring preteen hijinks. But Bigler and his roommate, Theo Peles, are not little kids. The two are in their early 20s and make trap music out of their Scottsdale home under the group name Sxints.

"The entire front courtyard was covered in broken eggs with egg whites, egg yolks, and covered in shrimps. There were some on the walls, a little bit on the windows as well," said Peles.

Yes, their home was egged. It was also shrimped. And, apparently, chickened. Bigler says they also found raw chicken stuffed in their car door handles. He walked us around the front of their home. The driveway and rocky courtyard bore the brunt of the prank.

"It was on the walls here, on the windows, this whole area, the driveway. Even over in this side yard here, there were a bunch of shrimp, some egg remains," said Bigler.

After some reconnaissance, Bigler and Peles are pretty sure the culprit is no one they know. They called Scottsdale police. Officers told them there wasn’t much to be done, since there was no permanent damage. But there was a big mess to clean up.

"We spent over $150 on cleaning materials with all the soaps, and we rented a pressure washer, and we had to rent masks because the smell was so bad," said Peles. "We rented masks that help the odor, we rented gloves, we got everything. And it still took probably five hours of just spraying the ground."

Bigler says the entire ordeal feels weirdly personal.

"It doesn’t make sense. It’s not a way of treating other people’s homes, in my opinion," said Bigler.

Bigler and Peles warned their neighbors on the social media site Nextdoor. And they have since installed cameras in their front yard. So far, there’s been no more egging — or shrimping, or chickening. Which is a good thing, especially with triple-digit temperatures making their way to the Valley.

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Nick Sanchez is a senior producer for KJZZ's The Show. He joined the station as an intern during the spring of 2022, where he developed a passion for audio storytelling in the Valley.