- By Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said the home in question was in Wellington. The home is in Loxahatchee.
Twelve people, many of them teenagers, have been arrested and charged with breaking into a Loxahatchee home in early January to party and steal, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports.
PBSO deputies first checked on a home on the 19000 block of Black Falcon Road, northwest of Lion Country Safari near Twentymile Bend, at about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4 for reports of a burglary. They found empty pizza boxes, open bottles of alcohol and one possible fingerprint on a bottle of Captain Morgan rum, a sheriff’s report said.
The following night, deputies went to the house after a call from a neighbor and found a party taking place. A woman walked out of the house yelling that law enforcement was present, according to a second arrest report. That’s when many people ran out and were detained.
“The entire house smelled of marijuana and garbage,” the second arrest report said.
Zachary Furthman, 18; Kara Parsons, 18; Kendra Mason, 18; Anthony Marsh, 18; Chandler Meyer, 18; Jeffrey Marsh Jr., 20; Arthur Etmekdjian, 20; Luca Bracco, 18, and three minors were arrested on the scene.
Jesse Valerga, 18, of Loxahatchee, was arrested Wednesday at Wellington High School, after telling deputies he and about seven others had gone to the home during Christmas break because they saw no one was there. Valerga told deputies he took the owner’s checkbook and looked around the house for cash.
He also acknowledged cashing the victim’s check using her dead husband’s name.
Valerga has been charged with burglary to a dwelling, grand theft from a dwelling, identity theft of a deceased person and uttering a forged instrument. The eight others charged as adults are charged with burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, according to court records.
The homeowner told deputies she has not been at home since Nov. 9. She returned from New Hampshire on Jan. 5, when the teens were arrested.
She said she had been gone for almost two months to spend time with her adult children. This was her first holiday season since her husband passed away.
She said items stolen from her home included a BMW X5 SUV, a TD Bank checkbook, Harmon Kardon wireless speaker, more than $3,000 in liquor and wine and six dining room chairs. The car was later found abandoned in Wellington, the sheriff’s office said.
The total value of missing items, the homeowner said, was about $30,000.
There was also some miscellaneous damage to the home, the report shows, including a light fixture pulled out of the kitchen ceiling, soiled bed sheets and heavy staining to the victim’s white upholstered chairs.
Empty bottles of beer, wine and vodka were spread across the home.