7 Teens Deny Charges Stemming from Alleged Break-in, Party at Area Mansion

The party allegedly resulted in more than $1 million in damages and losses while the owner was out of town.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Seven teenagers denied criminal charges Wednesday in connection with a break-in at a La Habra Heights mansion, where a party was thrown last November that allegedly resulted in more than $1 million in damages and losses while the owner was out of town.

The six boys and one girl -- who were between 15 and 17 at the time -- are due back in Juvenile Court for another hearing June 3, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Six other boys and another girl are set to return to court May 1.

The charges stem from a party held at the 90,000-square-foot mansion between last Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Authorities allege party-goers looted and trashed the home. Items stolen from the mansion included a mounted snow leopard, designer clothing and medieval armor, authorities said.

All of the teens face a misdemeanor trespassing charge. Nine teens also are charged with felony residential burglary, with four of those charged with grand theft. Other charges against some of the teens include charging for admission to a party in a residential area and petty theft.

Authorities said the party was advertised on social media and drew more than 100 teenagers.

—City News Service

Barbara Tahir March 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM
The news was that it was ONE HUNDRED or more children who destroyed that property. And are you saying that poor people don't have insurance on their homes. Get real - which bank do you know who is going to issue a mortgage without the homeowner having insurance to protect the (owned by the bank) property?
joebanana March 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM
So then why aren't "a hundred or more children" being held to account? Why the "selective" prosecution? Get real, people with million dollar homes more often than not, have multimillion dollar bank accounts. Some rich people have been known to pay CASH for their homes, and still have enough left to pay cash for a Mercedes. Why pay four times the value for something in interest payments when you have the cash? I didn't say ALL rich people are stooopid.
Ray Russell March 22, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Every kid that took part in that home invasion are guilty of vandalism. But the ones that planned and advertised the "happening" should have the book thrown at them. And it doesn't mater what house was invaded. It was a crime! And the guilty should receive the maximum punishment! Doesn't mater Joe how much money the home owners have or don't have. This was wrong, wrong, wrong!!!
RAYSAY March 22, 2014 at 05:59 PM
I don't think the owner is looking for sympathy, since your right he don't need it. He wants justice and as a society we should demand it also, and throw the parents in, for raising a bunch of ungrateful idiots.
joebanana March 22, 2014 at 07:51 PM
My point is, if this happened in La Puente, at some middle class house, would it be such a big deal? I didn't say I condone what happened, I don't. I'm just saying "so what"? He couldn't even tell his neighbors he was going away, and ask them to keep an eye out? Granted nobody would even think such a thing could happen, but maybe the neighbor thought the owner was throwing a party. Otherwise hundreds of cars blocking the street wouldn't be suspicious?


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