14 Teens Charged in Break-in, Party at La Habra Heights Mansion

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After allegedly breaking into a massive mansion in La Habra Heights and throwing a party — promoted via Twitter — more than a dozen teens were facing criminal charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.


An image from the website from realtor David Wright showed the La Habra Heights home from above. It was broken into on Nov. 23, 2013.

The November 2013 party caused more than $1 million in damages and losses to an elaborate, 90,000 square-foot home, the DA’s office stated.

A suit of medieval armor and a stuffed snow leopard were among the items stolen, Sheriff’s Department officials said at the time, describing the scene as a “free-for-all.”

The teens promoted the party on social media, and then bragged about it afterward, authorities had said.

Twelve males and two females, ranging in age from 15 to 18, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing in separate cases. Nine of the teens were additionally charged with one count of felony burglary.

Other charges filed against some of the teens include grand theft, receiving stolen property and petty theft, the DA’s office stated.

The two 18-year-olds charged were underage at the time of the Nov. 23 break-in, according to birth dates provided by the DA’s office.

All 14 teens were scheduled to appear in Pomona Juvenile Court on Wednesday, the DA’s office stated.


Some of the items stolen from a La Habra home — during a party while the homeowner was away — were on display at a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (Credit: Carolyn Costello)

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