NBA player Ray Allen is calling out the Coral Gables (Fl) police for their handling of a home invasion. A group of teenagers broke into the Allens home in the early morning hours of August 14.
Allen’s wife and children were in the home. Allen’s wife woke up to see the group of teenagers in her bedroom. She called security who then called the police. The teenagers were found, but they were not arrested or charged with anything.
“A serious crime was committed under Florida law,” said Gregory Victor, the Allens’ attorney. “A large number of young adults knowingly broke into Mr. and Mrs. Allen’s locked home on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2:30 a.m. and absolutely terrified their family. The crime was not only egregious, but the police characterization of this as a silly prank is completely inappropriate. Every family deserves privacy and to feel safe in their own home.”
A statement by Allen’s family said: “The suggestion that anyone can unlawfully enter into someone’s locked home and then into an occupied bedroom in the middle of the night without consequences is unsettling, regardless of the stated or actual reason for such unlawful entry.
“We are very fortunate that no one involved was physically harmed during this ordeal. Miami is our home and we are proud to be active members in this community. We pray that no one else has to endure this kind of intrusion on their home or their families’ safety. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own homes.”
A spokeswoman for the department said police did not charge the teens with burglary because there was no forced entry, no intent and nothing was taken from the home.
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