Sheriff's Dept. Serves Search Warrant at Justin Bieber's Calabasas Mansion

The pop star could be facing felony vandalism charges in connection with an alleged egging of his neighbor's home.

Jusin Bieber (file photo)
Jusin Bieber (file photo)

By City News Service

Update 4:40 p.m. About a dozen sheriff's investigators swept through Justin Bieber's home today as part of a follow-up probe into allegations that the 19-year-old singer threw eggs at a neighbor's residence.

Bieber was not arrested, but another person who was in the home was taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession.

Sheriff's officials said the egg-throwing case was considered a potential felony because around $20,000 in damage was done to the neighbor's home.

Last Thursday at 7:40 p.m., deputies went to the 25000 block of Prado Del Grandioso to take a report from a man who told deputies that his neighbor -- Bieber -- had thrown raw eggs at his house, according to Sgt. Dan Negelmann of the sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

The case at first was classified as a possible misdemeanor, but sheriff's officials said it was elevated to a felony because more than $400 damage had been done to the home.

"It's a felony crime," sheriff's Lt. Dave Thompson said. "I mean, I get that it was done with eggs (and) that makes you feel that it's a lower- level crime, but a felony crime is a felony crime no matter how you commit it. And this crime rose to the felony section and a judge signed a search warrant saying that we should go an get evidence related to the felony crime."

Thompson said about 12 investigators were involved in the search, which began around 8 a.m. He declined to specify exactly what they were searching for, but added, "it doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination to know security video in these times helps us with a lot of things."

According to Thompson, there were about seven or eight people inside Bieber's home when investigators arrived. He said everybody in the home was cooperative, but one person was arrested on a "narcotics violation," saying the person was apparently in possession of cocaine.

Bieber "was not connected to that cocaine other than the gentleman was staying at his residence," Thompson said.

The man was not immediately identified. Thompson said the cocaine "was in plain view of the deputies when they were looking for the other evidence."

Thompson defended the use of a dozen investigators to serve a warrant relating to an egg-throwing case.

"In these types of situations we don't know what we're going to confront," Thompson said. "Mr. Bieber, of course, is cooperative in most cases, however, we don't know who's staying at the house and we don't know who may be under the influence of anything. So it's always better to err on the side of safety. ... Again, we did contact seven or eight people in the house, so I was thankful we had 12."

R Y A N January 14, 2014 at 02:21 PM
To crack this case, and to even convince a judge to issue the warrant to see what pans out, there must have been other evidence, and a likelihood that the heat could beat the clock on disappearing evidence. The DNA lab's turnover time could not have come back yet. The frienzy of paparazzi will scramble for the Bieb's house. They're likely to find eggs inside, ham or other egg paraphernalia, and spin whatever evidence is produced to determine which came first. Bieb’s attorney, Pepper Satzman, will flip this sizzling case back onto detective Sam Iam, who will have to seek discovery to catch up on dozens of motions.
Lester Bings January 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Ridiculous on the face of it. $20k to clean up a little egg, really? How much do you think it cost taxpayers to file for the warrant and then send a dozen of LA County's finest, sirens blaring, on a fishing expedition? Is anyone in charge over in Lost Hills? "Err on the side of safety...." Like when they run down and kill cyclists in broad daylight and then take weeks to investigate?


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