Teens Threw Mansion Party, Stole $250K Leopard: Cops

Police bust 16 kids in 'frenzy of looting'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2013 1:42 AM CST
This photo provided by the LA County Sheriff's Department shows a few items that authorities have recovered from a huge haul of high-end swag that thieves snagged during a party at an empty mansion.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – Sixteen suspects described as "kids of means" have been arrested after a wild party in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb where a $7 million mansion was trashed and partygoers made off with a bizarre assortment of loot—including a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca estimates the damage to the La Habra Heights mansion, which was vacant but fully furnished and had been put on the market by its out-of-the-country owner, is at least $1 million, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He calls the destruction and "frenzy of looting" one of the worst youth crimes he has ever seen.

Organizers charged admission to the Nov. 23 party, which CNN reports went on for 17 hours; more than 100 young people attended, the LA Times adds. A sheriff's department rep says the party originally started outdoors, by the pool, but "at some point during the party, somebody forced entry into the house, which caused kind of a frenzy." Partygoers also made off with Versace suits, scuba gear, and medieval armor. The teen who snatched the leopard told police he grabbed it because "all the good stuff was gone." Thirteen of the teenage suspects are juveniles, and police say they were easy to track down because they posted selfies online of themselves with the stolen goods, much of which has been recovered. (Read another story of teen affluence gone wrong, this one involving a 16-year-old who killed four people while drunk—and got probation.)

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