Early Thursday at a party in Coral Gables next door to Ray Allen’s house, seven 18- and 19-year-olds decided they wanted to see how a former Miami Heat player lived.
It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door.
Allen wasn’t home, but his wife, Shannon Walker Allen, and their kids were sleeping upstairs, according to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. When the intruders began walking around and making noise, Shannon Allen woke up and screamed, “What are you doing in my home?”
The intruders bolted, and Shannon Allen called police. Officers determined that nothing had been removed from the home on Tahiti Beach Island Road.
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The next-door neighbor who had hosted the party directed police to an address where the seven intruders were located. The young men told police they thought the Allens had moved. Allen, who recently became a free agent, has not yet announced where he will play next season.
Police questioned the men for several hours before releasing them about noon Thursday.
Denham explained that because there was no forced entry, no intent and nothing was taken, police did not charge them with burglary, and the crime does not qualify as trespassing — a misdemeanor —because the act was not witnessed by a police officer.
However, Shannon Allen can still file trespassing charges with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, and said she intends to do so, according to Denham.