The party happened when the owners of the $8 million house were away from the affluent community of Watercolor on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The house is on the market, but the owners live in the house full-time, according to NBC News.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Corey Dobridnia said authorities received a noise complaint Saturday morning for the property at approximately 1 or 2 a.m., but by the time officers arrived at the house, most of the attendees were gone. However, video footage of the party, circulating on social media platforms including Snapchat and Instagram, showed about 200 people drinking, dancing, and cheering on a couple of young people who turned the foyer of the house into a boxing ring.
“An open house party is against the law. An open house party in a home you break into is a burglary,” the sheriff’s office said in a warning on Facebook on Monday. “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. Especially in a place where you’re supposed to feel safe.”
The post also said authorities can “subpoena Snapchat.”
Some of the attendees are believed to be high schoolers from Walton County and the neighboring Okaloosa County, officials said. Some have been identified by their parents, who called the sheriff’s department. However, officials are still searching for organizers, including the person who created and circulated a flyer for the party.
“Most of them are under the age of 21 and even if they didn’t think that the house was burglarized, they knew they shouldn’t of been there,” Dobridnia told USA Today.
The owners of the house said they are moving forward with filing charges, according to local NBC station WJHG.