What caused two teen girls to break into a home and kill the resident's pets? Authorities are piecing together an incident in which two teenagers have been charged with breaking into a residence and committing a slew of crimes, including theft, setting a vehicle on fire and killing two parakeets.
As People shared, 17-year-old Hallie Lauren Pate and 19-year-old Jordan Alexis Ruiz (seen left and right above) are facing 12 charges each for the incident.
According to WITN, the teens broke into a home owned by Mack Price in North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday. He told the news outlet that the teens killed his daughter's two parakeets and smeared blood all over the kitchen cabinets. He added that lighter fluid was poured throughout the house. The car, from which property was also taken, was allegedly set on fire.
Price's daughter was at a Super Bowl party during the incident. It's unclear what relationship, if any, there was between Price, his daughter and the suspects. According to witness accounts, the authorities located the stolen property from the place where it had been sold. This then led them to the two suspects.
"It would be bad enough if they just broke in and attempt to take something but when you break in to a home, kill an animal and then attempt to burn the place, that's very disturbing," Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said per WCTI 12. Ingram said there is no clear motive.
The two teens were arrested on February 8, according to the sheriff’s office. The charges they face include two counts of felony cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense.
Pate was jailed in Lenoir County on a $50,000 secured bond. Ruiz was arrested in Duplin County and also is being kept on a $50,000 bond.
As People reported, official records do not indicate if any attorney has been named to represent either of the teens. It's also unknown if they’ve entered a formal plea to the allegations.
[Photo: Lenoir County Sheriff's Office]