Four more Barrington teens face charges of breaking into a house of a friend and then making themselves right at home for several hours.
The teens, two 14-year-old boys and two 15-year-old boys, allegedly broke into a house on Cherry Lane early last Thursday morning, Oct. 24, before the delayed start of school and then hung out for two to three hours, according to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. The entry was reported to police at 7:39 am on Friday, Oct. 25, by the homeowner, who reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana in the house.
The boys ate food, drank two bottles of beer, used the computer, stole $90 in cash, played video games and smoked marijuana, LaCross said. They did not cause any damage.
The boys typically go to the home before the start of school each day to meet up with their friend and drop off their bikes, he said. They then walk to school together.
Allegedly, the four boys returned to the house after their friend and his parents left the house for the day and broke in through an unlocked window in an attached garage and an unlocked door from the garage to the house.
“I don’t know why they felt some entitlement,” said LaCross. “It’s very disappointing to say the least.”
“They used the house without permission,” he said. “And they stole from it.”
The homeowners are pressing charges, the police chief said. The parents of the boys are cooperating.
“It was a violation of the law and of personal privacy,” LaCross said. “Parents of all teens must put kids on notice so they don’t make bad choices. Clear messaging is needed."
The police had not decided where to pursue the charges as of Monday morning, Oct. 28, said LaCross: Family Court or the Juvenile Hearing Board.
The police chief said also that this break-in was not related to the Fireside Drive home in Barrington broken into by teens and used while their friend and his parents went on vacation.