After spending thousands of dollars on a home renovation, Michael Cox and his wife decided to go out to dinner to celebrate their home improvements. The pair were hoping to sell their million-dollar home and take advantage of the booming real estate market. The day of renovations had been particularly grueling because it was all about putting the finishing touches on the place, which takes a lot of effort and attention to detail.
As a way to celebrate and let off some steam, Cox and his wife went out to dinner and enjoyed themselves. However, something terrible happened while the couple was gone. A group of teenagers decided to break into their recently-renovated home and throw a massive party with hundreds of guests.
The initial group of teens invited fifty friends in through the home’s backdoor. However, news traveled fast, and soon as many as three hundred teenagers were using Cox’s home as their dumping ground for good times. They littered the place with beer cans, half-eaten food, and lots of other junk. They also danced on the countertops and did other things that ruined the hard work that Cox and his wife had put into their home’s renovations.
“There’s a video of 5, 6 kids on top of this countertop, squirting champagne all over my house,” Cox said in an interview with CBS Denver.
Cox and his wife don’t know how the teens found their home. However, they believe that they might have learned about it after viewing the property on a real estate site where it was listed for sale for $1,500,000.
The party would have raged for a long time if someone had not called 911 in a state of distress. Video footage captured during the party by a teenager showed the underage people throwing champagne around the room and abusing the Colorado property like it was a children’s playground.
After their peaceful and relaxing dinner, Cox and his wife returned to their home only to find it trashed. They were greeted by Douglas County deputies, who explained that the group of teens had broken in and used the home as their party location.
Cops arrested five teens who were hiding in the couple’s basement. Other teens who posted videos of the party to their social media accounts were also arrested. They were charged with burglary and underage drinking.
Cox is prepared to take the teens to court.
“We’re going to go after them with everything we can legally to make this right,” he said. “I want them prosecuted. I want them arrested. I want them to have to pay for the damage that they’ve done.”
Unfortunately, Cox and his wife are not the only homeowners dealing with a similar problem. Not long ago, a real estate agent from Toronto arrived at a property listed for sale only to find that it had become a party house for underage teens. As the teenagers fled the house, Brown found it completely trashed. The furniture was broken, the kitchen was a mess, and the rest of the home was littered with cigarette butts and beer cans.
“There was no respect whatsoever for this house,” he told the Toronto Star.