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North Carolina teens arrested for breaking into home, killing pets, other charges

Pate and Ruiz were arrested for breaking into a home and killing the pets inside, along with other offenses. (Lenoir County Sheriff's Office photos)

Two Lenoir County teenagers were arrested for breaking into a home, killing the pets inside and various other charges last week.

The crime occurred on Sunday, February 4. Hallie Lauren Pate, 17, and Jordan Alexis Ruiz, 18, allegedly broke into a local area home, killed two parakeet pets inside, stole items from the home -- including a vehicle -- and then setting that vehicle on fire.

After witness interviews and locating the stolen property where it had been sold, detectives with Lenoir County Sheriff's Office were able to find and arrest both teenagers on Thursday, February 8.

"It would be bad enough if they just broke in and attempt to take something but when you break in to a home, kill an animal and then attempt to burn the place, that's very disturbing," Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said. At this time, Ingram said there is no clear motive. However, he believes Pate and Ruiz go to the same high school as some of the victims.

Pate, a Kinston native, was arrested and charged with 12 crimes to include Breaking and Entering, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Larceny after B/E, Felony Larceny, Burning Personal Property, Felony Cruelty to Animal (2 Counts), Obtain Property by False Pretense (2 Counts), Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense (2 Counts) and Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property. She was placed in the Lenoir County Sheriff's Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Ruiz, an Albertson native, was served by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office for these warrants from Lenoir County. She was charged with 12 crimes to include Breaking and Entering, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Larceny after B/E, Felony Larceny, Burning Personal Property, Felony Cruelty to Animal (2 Counts), Obtain Property by False Pretense (2 Counts), Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense (2 Counts) and Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property. She was placed in the Duplin County Sheriff's Office Detention Center and later confined to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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