Teens Charged in "Bling Ring"-Style Mansion Party Case

After partying in November, the teens allegedly made off with $1 million in rare collectibles and then tried to sell them online.

By Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014  |  Updated 1:21 PM PDT
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This stuffed snow leopard worth $250,000 was among items seized in a burglary from a mansion in La Habra Heights during a burglary that occurred sometime from Nov. 23-24, 2013.

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Teens Crash Mansion, Steal $250K Stuffed Leopard, Armor

A stuffed white leopard worth $250,000 was among items seized in a burglary of a Southern California mansion that was up for sale where more than a dozen teens and adults held an impromptu rave party last month, officials said on Wednesday. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2013.
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More than a dozen teens have been charged in connection with breaking into a Southern California mansion and throwing a party, which caused more than $1 million in damages, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
 
Twelve males and two females, ranging in age from 15 to 18, were charged in separate cases.

All are facing one count of misdemeanor trespassing, while nine are charged with one count of felony burglary. Other charges filed against some of the teens include grand theft, receiving stolen property and petty theft.
 
Investigators said more than 100 people partied at a vacant 90,000-square-foot mansion in La Habra Heights between Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, 2013.

A stuffed white leopard worth $250,000, a WWII Nazi helmet and thousands of dollars in Armani suits were among items seized from the opulent mansion, which featured fountains, a grand staircase and indoor palms trees.

All 14 have been cited and are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

The ringleaders likely found the home on an online home sale website, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Tim Murakami told NBC4 at the time. They then advertised the party on social media, drawing an estimated 100 guests, Murakami said.

A group of Southern California teenagers and young adults became known as the Bling Ring when they robbed mansions belonging to celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Linday Lohan, in 2008 and 2009. The cases inspired the 2013 film, "The Bling Ring."

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