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Teens Crash Mansion, Throw Party, Make Off With Stuffed Snow Leopard

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Fifteen high school students have been arrested for throwing a party at the mansion of an out-of-town La Habra Heights millionaire, in a tale that sounds a little like the San Gabriel Valley equivalent of the Bling Ring (which is to say there were no tabloid celebrities involved).

The teens broke into the home around 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, and they didn't leave until the next morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"They just had a free-for-all once the place was broken into. Once entry was made, it was like, 'Oh, this is fun,'" Lt. Arthur Scott told KTLA.

They made off with a suit of armor, a stuffed snow leopard worth $250,000, art and clothes, KTLA reported. Unlike the Bling Ring, they weren't all that subtle about leaving their mark: they vandalized the place, too. Between the thieving and vandalizing, they caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

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The arrested suspects were high school students from Whittier and La Habra. Sheriff's officials say they'll have some of the confiscated items for show at a press conference shortly.