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Six Island teens arrested for theft at Island home
Mercer Island police say that several Island youth partied at an Island waterfront home and helped themselves not only to alcohol but electronics, cash and valuables as well.
Last month, a resident of Holly Lane left for a vacation in Hawaii. She gave her nephew permission to enter her home while she was away to look after it. She gave him the code to access the house through the garage. A week later, he called her in Hawaii to tell her that a 'friend' had robbed her house and that he did not know what was missing. He admitted to her that he had a few friends over one evening and that unknown to him, they had remained in the house after he left.
According to reports, there was a total of $21,000 in losses. To date, approximately $7,000 in property has been recovered. A variety of charges are pending, including residential burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property. According to police reports, six male Mercer Island youth are suspects. Three are over 18 years old, and the three others are 17. The three adults were booked into King County jail and spent a night there. The juveniles were arrested and later released to their parents.
Reported missing from the home are between 20 and 30 bottles of alcohol including a bottle of Louis XIII Cognac, reportedly worth $6,000; an Xbox worth $300; $3,000 in U.S. currency; a Louis Vuitton wallet valued at $1,000 and an Apple ipad2 valued at $400.
Items what were stolen and recovered included a Bottega Veneta handbag valued at $2,000, two Nikon cameras and a lens valued at over $2500, and $9,000 in Chinese currency worth $1,400 in U.S. dollars.
One of the students was found to have a $4,000 folded check in his wallet made out to the homeowner when he was taken into custody by police.
The homeowner said there was no apparent damage to the house.