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Two Weeki Wachee teens accused of burglarizing house, killing pet parakeets

WEEKI WACHEE — Two teenagers were arrested over the weekend on charges of burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and animal cruelty after authorities say they broke into a home and killed the owner's two parakeets.

The teens, both 16 and from the Weeki Wachee area, are accused of unlawfully entering a home on Lake Drive and removing several items, including a computer, stereo and liquor.

During the break-in, according to a sheriff's report, the teenagers killed the parakeets with a tire iron. Records show it was not the first time either teenager has been charged with animal cruelty.

The boys, who are not being named because they are juveniles, have pending charges in a case involving expensive koi fish that were stolen and killed.

Deputies said the items removed from the home on Lake Drive were sold by the teens.

After being confronted by the authorities, one of the boys admitted to the burglary and selling the stolen merchandise, but denied killing the two birds.

According to records, the boys blamed each other for the death of the birds.

The two were taken to the Hernando County Jail, then turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Ryan Strong can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or rstrong@sptimes.com.

Two Weeki Wachee teens accused of burglarizing house, killing pet parakeets 07/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:50pm]
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