Police are investigating after a group of teenagers broke into the home of Miami Heat free agent Ray Allen early Thursday, officials said.
The group of seven teen had been attending a party next door when they decided to go to the Coral Gables home around 2:30 a.m., Coral Gables Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham said.
The teens, who believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house, entered through an unlocked back door, Denham said. Allen's wife and kids were sleeping upstairs but were awoken by the commotion, Denham said.
"She heard people walking up the stairs and that's when she yelled out to them, "what are you doing in my house?" Denham said. "As soon as they heard that, they fled the house."
They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said.
"They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house."
The teens were questioned for several hours but released. They could face misdemeanor trespassing charges if Allen's wife decides to press charges, Denham said.
Denham said the teens saw a bunch of boxes and furniture covered up in the home and said they thought Allen had joined LeBron James in leaving the Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allen, who spent the past two seasons with the Heat, is a free agent and hasn't said whether he'll retire or play another year.
Police said the seven teens involved were "crying" and "terrified." The teens have not been arrested for trespassing because an officer must witness the incident. The group hasn't been arrested for burglary either because there was no forced entry, no intent, and nothing was stolen.