Mercer Island students arrested after apparent house party burglary

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 NEWS

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 7:37 PM

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- Six Mercer Island teenagers have been arrested after police say they made off with $21,000 worth of goods and cash from a house party last month.

According to police, the nephew of the homeowner was house-sitting while his aunt was in Hawaii. At some point, the teen invited friends over and the party got out of control. The next day, the nephew noticed the house along Lake Washington had been ransacked.

Among the listed stolen items were a Louis Vuitton wallet, Bottega Vaneta handbag, an iPad, an X-box $3,000 in cash and 20-30 bottles of alcohol valued at around $6,000.

When the nephew told his aunt what happened, he tried to make things right himself.

"The student actually paid the alleged thieves $900 to get the property back," said Leslie Burns, spokeswoman for Mercer Island Police. "He was trying to make things right."

Not all of the items were returned.

The school resource officer at Mercer Island High School received a tip that the burglary occurred, and opened an investigation. Eventually, three students and three former students were arrested. Police say one of the teens had a stolen check from the victim's house in his wallet.

"They are not cooperating with us right now," said Burns. "We are confident charges will be filed soon."
 

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