The Ceres Police Department said more than 100 teens broke into a house in Ceres, partied, then trashed the home.
A four-bedroom, three-bathroom house sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in Ceres. It is a potentially perfect home for a family, and according to the Ceres Police Department, back on February 12, the choice spot for more than 100 teens looking to party.
“No, never, never, never (I’ve never seen anything like this before). This is quiet. This is good,” Maria, a neighbor who only gave her first name said.
Neighbors told FOX40 the neighborhood is usually peaceful. When the sounds of loud music and drunken teens pierced the evening air weeks ago, they knew uninvited guests had made their way to the house for sale.
“Oh my gosh! The music was high noise,” Maria said.
Before the majority of guests arrived, someone did a little remodeling. Neighbors said that some time before the party, someone actually removed the "for sale" sign in the front yard.
The streets were lined with strangers' cars, and teens began to flood the neighborhood.
Jessica, who asked us not to show her face, said she saw many of them with alcohol in their hands.
“Just a bunch of them coming in at the same time, and it’s kind of weird in this neighborhood,” Jessica said.
The house is listed online and features wood floors and spacious rooms. Officers said these rooms were trashed by the teens that night, causing about $1,800 in damages.
They broke a door and some window screens. Beer cans, alcohol bottles and even remnants of marijuana were found throughout the home.
But the teen who is suspected of throwing the party won't face any punishment because officers said the homeowner has decided not to press charges.
As for the neighborhood, the party is still the talk of the block and also one they'd like to move past.
“I think it’s so important that you know, this gets around just because it’s spreading awareness,” Jessica said.
We also reached out to some real estate agents, they said in their decades in the business, they've never seen anything like this.
The Ceres Police Department said there are a number of steps homeowners can take to protect themselves like notifying neighbors that you’re house is for sale and to check the listing regularly. They also urge parents to check their kids phones and to remind them to follow the law.