Two teenagers in North Carolina have been charged after allegedly breaking into a home on Super Bowl Sunday and killing pet birds inside.
Police said the two teens broke into a home in Lenoir County on Feb. 4.
A crime report posted by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office said that Hallie Pate, 17, and Jordan Ruiz, 18, broke into the house and then killed the pet birds inside.
Mack Price, who owns the home and lets his daughter live there, told WITN that the teens then smeared the birds’ blood all over the kitchen cabinet.
The teens then lit a vehicle on fire before stealing an Xbox One console and medical inhalers.
The two teens have been charged with felony cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense.
Detectives said that witnesses led them to the two suspects. They later found the stolen objects.
Victoria Lanier, who identified herself as a sister of Pate’s, said in a comment on the sheriff’s press release on Facebook that the negative feedback on the social media website was “very much affecting me and my younger sister.”
“My sister was no part of this … she’s 17 and pregnant she wouldn’t hurt and animal or hurt yalls family … this was Lexis fault,” she wrote.
“I’m 15 and would love to share my piece of mind with everyone up here because of these comments … my 11 yr old sister had to go to school and see this .. I️ have to see this .. I’m currently sitting at school crying because people are calling my mom and piece of [expletive] when she’s not … just keep your prude comments to yourself. Don’t be a child.”
Sheriff Ronnie Ingram told the Daily Mail that no motive has been established although he believes the teens go to the same school as Price’s daughter, who lives in the home and owned the birds that were killed.
“It would be bad enough if they just broke in and attempt to take something but when you break into a home, kill an animal and then attempt to burn the place, that’s very disturbing,” he said.