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Manatee County man charged with break-in claimed to co-own home with Mariah Carey

A man charged with breaking in to a Manatee County home claims to co-own the property with singer Mariah Carey.
A man charged with breaking in to a Manatee County home claims to co-own the property with singer Mariah Carey. Associated Press

HOLMES BEACH -- A Manatee man charged with breaking into an unoccupied dwelling on Sunday told police that he co-owned the home with Mariah Carey, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department.

Police responded to calls from neighbors in the 100 block of White Avenue at 9:02 a.m. Sunday, who said there was a strange car in the driveway and loud music coming from the home, according to a report.

Police discovered a broken window and Jason James, 35, inside and drinking a Bud Light while dancing to loud music, police said. When confronted, James claimed he co-owned the home with Mariah Carey and had lived there for the past 17 years.

Police said they were unsure if the songs playing were by Mariah Carey.

James caused about $2,150 in damages to windows, doors and hardwood floors, according to a report.

The beachfront home is actually owned by ATEM partnership and is valued at $1.9 million. Neighbors told police that ATEM representatives said no one should be at the property.

James is charged with burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft or damage of an amount greater than $1,000. He is being held at the Manatee County jail on $27,500 bond.

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