Teens break in to mansion, party, and steal leopard

Teenagers call them ghost parties: Gatherings that are organised on a whim at a house that’s often not the host’s — but this particular party left plenty evidence behind.

US police say revellers at one such party ransacked an opulent mansion in Southern California, leaving $1m (€730,000) in damages, and making off with medieval armour, designer suits, and a $250,000 stuffed leopard.

This party took place in November and over the following few weeks the party-goers posted plenty online pics of their late- night shenanigans.

This week, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced it had arrested 16 teenagers — helped, in part, by the online photos of the party at La Habra Heights.

Officials say the party was planned on social media and held without the knowledge of the homeowner.

According to police, partygoers entered through a window that was pried open, then trashed the place and stole several pricey items including designer suits and jewellery.

Sheriff’s lieutenant Arthur Scott said the suspected leopard thief had no idea how valuable the mounted cat was and only grabbed it “because all the good stuff was gone”.

Sheriff’s captain Tim Murakami said: “They were actually bragging about the party, showing themselves within the residence, showing themselves carrying some of the stolen property.”

The party venue was a mansion that was actually supposed to be up for sale.

A teen tweeted that the party would take place in the vacant home’s backyard. About 100 guests arrived and even paid admission.

At some point, police say, teens broke into the mansion which features a custom movie theatre; a casino room; a wine cellar; a water slide; and a resort-themed pool.

“They just had a free-for-all once the place was broken into. Once entry was made, it was like, ‘Oh, this is fun’,” said Lt Scott.


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