Police in Florida are attempting to identify dozens of teenagers who were turning up at an $8 million mansion in the unincorporated master-planned community of Watercolor.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office announced the teens broke into the home, threw a wild party, and “ransacked” the house. Some of the goers even formulated a flier advertising the illegal party.
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“An open house party is against the law,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post Monday, sharing videos of the party highlights. “An open house party in a home you break into is a burglary.”
According to FoxNews, when authorities arrived on the scene most of the partygoers had left already, but videos started to spread all over Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms revealing to law enforcement how the teens had set up a boxing match in the mansion’s foyer. Several partygoers recorded large crowds blasting music and sipping alcohol.
Authorities say the homeowners had no idea about this party and didn’t give any permission for the teens to throw one.
“Apart from the damage caused and the items stolen, it’s a complete violation of someone’s home that you can’t put a price on. The feeling when you know someone went into your closet, tried on your clothes, and used your bathroom doesn’t have a dollar amount attached to it,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Especially in a place where you’re supposed to feel safe.”
The sheriff’s office announced that Snapchat is not private and can be subpoenaed. The post contained several pictures taken from Snapchat showing a large crowd smiling for pictures with drinks in their hands. One photo showed a male taking a selfie showing off a handful of gold rings he found in the home.
“You may think it is if you are a teenager or someone in their early 20s, and you are not yet worldly,” the post said. “Your friends will snitch. Word gets out. You’ll be tagged in pics on the Gram.”
“We want you to ask yourself how you would feel if your home was ransacked and your sense of peace and security was taken from you,” the sheriff’s office said.
Florida authorities are giving teens and young adults a chance to "come clean" after breaking into an $8 million home, throwing a wild house party and posting videos on social media showing the rowdy scene. pic.twitter.com/9XxhHOWJph
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“Before you say, ‘they might not have known,’ ask yourself if what was taking place was appropriate (or legal) regardless if they had permission to be there (which they did not),” the post continued. “Before making an excuse for these kids, ask why they felt they could do this in the first place.”
“Here’s our ask; if you were there, know someone who was there, were invited, knows who circulated the flyer for the party (yes, we know about that too) you are asked to come forward,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and let us know. Come clean and give us the information we need to hold those responsible…So, what’s ‘the move’?”