Two teens charged with killing pet birds after home break-in

LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies say two teenagers broke into an Eastern Carolina home last week and killed pets before setting a vehicle on fire.

Lenoir County deputies have charged Hallie Pate, 17, of Kinston, and Jordan Ruiz, 18, of Albertson with a dozen crimes. Those include two counts of felony cruelty to animals, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtain property by false pretense.

Deputies say the home was broken into on Super Bowl Sunday and the two teens were arrested on Thursday. They used witness interviews and located the stolen property where it had been sold. That led to the two being identified, according to deputies.

A crime report says in addition torching the vehicle, an Xbox One gaming system and medical inhalers were also taken.

Mack Price, who owns the home where his daughter lives, told WITN that the teens killed his daughter's two parakeets, and smeared blood all over the kitchen cabinets. He says lighter fluid was also poured throughout the house.

He said his daughter was at a Super Bowl party when the break-in happened.

Pate is jailed in Lenoir County on a $50,000 secured bond, while Ruiz was arrested in Duplin County and also is being kept on a $50,000 bond.