Free agent guard Ray Allen had his Coral Gables, Florida home broken into by a loud pack of teenagers last week. The seven teens apparently woke up Mrs. Allen and four young Allen children after roaming the mansion with "giant flash lights."
It's certainly not the type of thing you want going down at your home at 2:30 a.m. on a random weeknight, but Coral Gables Police don't really think it was all that big a deal as of yet. At last check the boys in blue believe that the whole thing was a yuck-it-up "prank" by a group of bored teens who were partying next door earlier in the night.
Gregory Victor, Allen's lawyer, disagreed strongly, telling the Miami Herald: “A serious crime was committed under Florida law. A large number of young adults knowingly broke into Mr. and Mrs. Allen’s locked home on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2:30 a.m. and absolutely terrified their family. The crime was not only egregious, but the police characterization of this as a silly prank is completely inappropriate. Every family deserves privacy and to feel safe in their own home.
“This violation of the Allen family was offensive. The reported intentions of these perpetrators as being simply voyeuristic in nature does not justify their conduct nor excuse them from the reasonable consequences of their reprehensible actions. We plan to meet with authorities promptly in order to seek the appropriate intervention of the criminal justice system and discuss the specific actions to be taken so that such unlawful conduct is not ignored and tolerated.”
Here's the blow-by-blow from the Allen family: "[Mrs. Allen] heard male voices loudly discussing our personal property and sat up in a state of alarm to find at least five people inside our bedroom with large flashlights. She was immediately fearful for the safety of her own life, but more importantly the lives of our young children. When she screamed at them, the intruders quickly fled the scene and laughter was heard as they made their way out of our bedroom, down the stairs and out of our house."
The Coral Gables cops were initially saying that they can't arrest the teens because the trespassing wasn't egregious enough. In other words, the police probably believe that the kids didn't intend to hurt anyone because they were laughing. So it's cool. Whatevs.
“Law enforcement officers are not permitted by Florida law to make an arrest for a trespass of this nature unless the crime occurs in their presence,” the police told the Miami Herald in a statement.
And to think, just a few short months ago one of the most alluring phrases in sports was "playing in Miami, for the Heat." Now "playing in Miami, for the Heat" is only cool if you're interested in being a 5-seed in the East for the next three-to-four years and/or if you enjoy early morning visits from the Coral Gables High lacrosse team in the middle of the week.
Still though, tread carefully, Ray. Breaking into homes with giant flash lights at 2:30 a.m. is probably just as legal in Cleveland.
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