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With Family Away, Six Teens Trash Stamford Home With Pot, Condoms

Stamford Police arrest six teens who broke into home while family was away and turned it into a party place.
Stamford Police arrest six teens who broke into home while family was away and turned it into a party place. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Homeowners returned to their residence after a week away to discover it was littered with used condoms and "reeking of marijuana," Stamford Police said as they announced six teens had been arrested in connection with the burglary and the damage to the home. 

The homeowners had left to take their older son to college in Florida last month and the younger brother of the college-bound son confided in a friend that the family would be gone for a week.

That friend told five of his friends and they broke into the home, Lt. Diedrich Hohn said. "The six juveniles basically took over their house, partied for the whole weekend and stole the family car," Hohn said. "The house reeked of marijuana, they left used condoms."

Every part of the home was trashed and the teens also allegedly drank alcohol throughout the rampage, Hohn said. The family car was found nearby but with an empty gas tank. The tank had been filled when the family left, Hohn said. Two rings were also stolen, Hohn said.

Hohn said the last of the teens, who are ages 13 to 17, turned themselves in to police Monday.

Police began an investigation Aug. 15 after the homeowners returned. The teenage son confronted the teen whom he had told that the family wouldn't be home, police said. Eventually, that teen gave information to police leading to the five other suspects, Hohn said.

The teens, who cannot be named due to their ages, are facing burglary-related charges, police said.

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