Deputies: Teens kills pets, set car on fire in break-in

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Two teens broke into a family’s home, killed pets inside and set a vehicle on fire, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hallie Pate, 17, of Kinston, and Jordan Ruiz, 18, of Albertson face 12 charges each, including burning personal property, felony cruelty to an animal and breaking and entering charges.

Detectives said the two teens broke into a home on Oak Tree Lane on February 4.

They killed the pet parakeet inside, detectives said.

Detectives said the two also stole items from the home and a vehicle before setting the vehicle on fire.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and located the stolen property where it had been sold, which led them to identify the two suspects.

Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said the two girls attend North Lenoir High School, and it is likely that they knew the family that lived in the home.

“I hadn’t talked to investigators since we made the charges, but it does seem personal, like I would assume they know each other from school or whatever,” Sheriff Ingram said.

Pate was placed in the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Ruiz was arrested in Duplin County and also given a $50,000 bond.

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