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Florida teens break into $8 million mansion, host party and boxing match

Videos circulating on Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms revealed what had happened inside the home

Florida teens break into $8 million mansion to throw massive party, stage boxing match
Florida teens break into $8 million mansion to throw massive party, stage boxing match | Walton County Sheriff’s Office

June 22, 2022 1:16pm

Updated: June 22, 2022 3:29pm

Florida authorities are giving teens and young adults a chance to "fess up" after breaking into an $8 million home, throwing a super-party, and posting videos on social media showing the raucous scene.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called early Saturday for a noise complaint in a home on Blackwater Street in the unincorporated planned community of Watercolor, near Seaside.

By the time officers arrived, most partygoers had left the scene. Still, videos circulating on Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms revealed what had happened inside the home, including a boxing match in the mansion's lobby. In addition, several partygoers recorded large crowds with music blaring and drinking alcohol. 

"An open house party is against the law," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post on Monday, sharing videos of party highlights. "An open house party at a house you walk into is burglary."

Authorities described how the homeowners did not consent to the party and apparently had no connection to the youths who took it upon themselves to break in and organize the massive party. 

"In addition to the damage caused and items stolen, this is a total violation of someone's home that you can't put a price tag on. The feeling when you know someone broke into your closet, tried on your clothes, and used your bathroom has no dollar amount associated with it," the sheriff's office wrote. "Especially in a place where you are supposed to feel safe."

The sheriff's office warned that Snapchat is not private and can be subpoenaed. The post included several images from Snapchat showing a large crowd smiling to take pictures with drinks in hand. One photo showed a man taking a selfie with a handful of gold rings he found in the house.

Videos show that most of the cheering spectators pulled out their phones and recorded the boxing match as two young men, equipped with boxing gloves, punched each other in the lobby. Another video shared by the sheriff's office takes a different tone once deputies arrived, as partygoers began to flee.

Los videos muestran que la mayoría de los espectadores que vitoreaban sacaron sus teléfonos y grabaron el combate de boxeo cuando dos hombres jóvenes, equipados con guantes de boxeo, se golpeaban entre sí en el vestíbulo
Los videos muestran que la mayoría de los espectadores que vitoreaban sacaron sus teléfonos y grabaron el combate de boxeo cuando dos hombres jóvenes, equipados con guantes de boxeo, se golpeaban entre sí en el vestíbulo | Walton County Sheriff’s Office

 

“Una fiesta de puertas abiertas es contra la ley”, dijo la oficina del alguacil en una publicación de Facebook el lunes, compartiendo videos de los aspectos más destacados de la fiesta. “Una fiesta de puertas abiertas en una casa en la que entras es un robo”
“Una fiesta de puertas abiertas es contra la ley”, dijo la oficina del alguacil en una publicación de Facebook el lunes, compartiendo videos de los aspectos más destacados de la fiesta. “Una fiesta de puertas abiertas en una casa en la que entras es un ro | Walton County Sheriff's Office