Thursday, December 19, 2013

Looted leopard

Again, a group of teenagers has been arrested after breaking into a fully furnished but unoccupied mansion and holding a party, this time in the exclusive La Habra Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The party's organizers charged admission to 100 people on the afternoon of November 23rd. By the early hours of the following morning, the property had been vandalized and the possessions of the owner – was out of the country – had been carried off. Some of the attendees bragged about their haul, which included medieval armor, scuba gear, and designer suits, even posting photos of themselves on social media. Among the items stolen was a mounted specimen of the Central Asian snow leopard, of which there are only an estimated 7,300 or less in the wild. Valued at $250,000, the mount is one of the stolen items which may not be returned to the homeowner. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether it was acquired before the animal was listed as endangered. Sheriff's Lieutenant Arthur Scott said that the partygoer who grabbed the leopard told them he had done so because all the good stuff was gone. Capt. Timothy Murakami commented, "These were not items you could sell, they're so unique. It's probably just another stuffed animal to them."

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