Justin Bieber has a legion of frenzied fans, but one fan took it to another level when she was arrested for breaking into the pop star's rented mansion in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Qianying Zhao, 23, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass after police found her sleeping inside one of Bieber's bedrooms, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Zhao allegedly entered the mansion without permission, so would a burglary charge also be appropriate?
In Georgia, a person can be found guilty of criminal trespass for various reasons, including:
- Intentionally damaging another person's property without consent, and the damage is less than $500;
- Entering upon the land or premises of another person without authority for an unlawful purpose; or
- Remaining on someone else's property after the owner has already asked you to leave.
For Zhao, it's alleged that she entered Bieber's mansion through an unlocked door; she claimed she was there for his birthday party. That party, however, took place earlier in the week at another location, the AJC reports.
Zhao also told police that she's friends with Bieber -- though police believe she's just one of his 50 million Twitter followers. Without actual permission from Bieber to enter his mansion, Zhao will have a hard time proving she wasn't trespassing.
Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor in Georgia, so if convicted, Zhao could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and fined.
What About Burglary?
But since Zhao opened an unlocked door and entered Bieber's mansion, does that mean she also committed a burglary? Not quite, according to Georgia law.
In Georgia, a person commits burglary when she enters the dwelling of another without permission with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside.
So even though Zhao apparently entered Bieber's home without permission, news reports don't indicate that she intended to commit a felony or steal anything (aside from a few winks) while inside the mansion. Based on the facts available, it seems like Zhao was just a big fan who believed Bieber was her friend and wanted to get closer to the singer.
Next time, maybe Bieber should double-check his locks before heading out, because Bieber Fever is very real.
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