Justin Bieber’s house was raided by cops Tuesday morning, January 14, over his alleged egging of a neighbor’s house.
Eleven police cars arrived at the "Heartbreaker" singer’s mansion in Calabasas, California, armed with a search warrant and a battering ram, after the owner of a house next door complained of damage which could total up to $20,000 caused by eggs thrown at it last week.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore told the New York Daily News newspaper: "I can confirm we have served a search warrant at Justin Bieber’s residence as part of a felony vandalism investigation.
"He is there, and we are right now in the process of serving the warrant. We’re looking for anything we might need to move this investigation forward."
Officials believe surveillance video in the singer’s home could have also caught the incident on tape, and help catch the culprit.
The crime is being treated as a felony because over $400 of damage was done to the neighbor’s property.
This means, if convicted, Justin, 19, could potentially face jail time.
The damage is estimated to be so high because the entire front of the damaged property needs to be repaired with expensive Venetian plaster and the doors re-stained.
The neighbor claims he saw Justin from his second-floor balcony and videotaped some of their verbal exchange.
In the footage, the neighbor can be heard shouting, "I see you. I f**king see you!" before a boy, who is allegedly Justin, responds, "F**k you! I got another one for you, actually!"
JUSTIN’S FRIEND ARRESTED. During the raid, Justin’s friend was arrested for cocaine possession.
Police charged his friend, Lil Za, with felony possession of the class A drug.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant David Thompson told reporters: "The cocaine was in plain view of the deputies when they were looking for other evidence.
"[Justin] was not connected to that cocaine except that gentleman was staying at his residence."
Lil Za—real name Xavier Smith—is an old friend of Justin and is thought to have been living at the singer’s home for months.
Lieutenant Thompson added Justin was cooperative during the raid, but as his lawyer was not present he did not answer "any questions at the time we were there."
He also confirmed security footage had been removed from the star’s home as part of their investigation into the egging incident.
A source close to the singer says he is very upset at the police raid.
The friend told RadarOnline.com: "He is obviously upset that cops basically had free reign and are going through his personal belongings in his house.
"Justin has been kept out of the house while the search warrant [was] being executed and watched over by several sheriff’s deputies."