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Crime Trackers: Mansion Parties

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Kids will be kids, but throw technology and partying into the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster. They are called "Mansion Parties," taking place in luxury homes in the Tucson Mountains.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies said vandals are making themselves at home by breaking into the homes and having parties.

Part of the Directed Patrol Unit, Deputy Daniel Sharp says a vacant house, that has had its "for sale" sign taken down and not occupied, is what party goers call “Mansion Parties."

It was what was inside that tells deputies what was going on. The house reeked of marijuana and they found residue on the kitchen counters and beer.

News 4 Tucson obtained cell phone video of one of those parties.

Teenagers as young 14, along with some adults, destroyed other people's property in the worst way imaginable.

PCSD said from July until last Friday, nearly a dozen homes had been broken into, partied in and vandalized. 

Deputies busted the party before it got started. When they arrived at about 12:30 am Saturday, dozens of people scattered.  Some fled into the desert, others were detained by deputies.

"The Mansion Party was just getting going," Sharp said. "It didn’t have the hundreds of kids they’ve come across in the past."

This was the second time this particular house was hit.

Most of those attending were teenagers.

They found out about the party through Twitter and Snapchat. According to Detective Ted Hartenstein, the organizers go in ahead of time, set up a DJ and then use social media to get the address out.

They even send out pictures of the home, inviting hundreds of underage kids. “Then it goes downhill from there,” Hartenstein said.

News 4 Tucson obtained some of the social media conversations. One girl wrote to her friends, "My mom thinks I’m sick, but I’m really just hung over and she's taking care of me."

Also sick, are the homeowners like Julie Miller, who have to deal with the clean up and the destruction.

“My neighbors here that helped pick up all the trash from the first break in and they said they found needles, alcohol," said Miller. "There was marijuana inside on the counters.”

Miller’s $600,000 house was broken into a second time despite signs indicating video surveillance.

“They sprayed all the cameras with silly string, and then pushed all the cameras up,” Miller said.

She added, this shows total disregard for other people's property.

In another home, vandals broke numerous windows, walls were destroyed, and a door ripped off its hinges. It is costing the homeowners tens of thousands of dollars.

The homeowners now live out of state so now they're making two house payments. Deputies said there were at least 300 to 350 kids in their home.

The homeowner who wanted to remain anonymous said, “The question definitely goes through my mind, as a parent myself, where are these parents and they should be paying attention to what their kids are doing, teaching them right from wrong.”

In the end, kids who learn this type of behavior will cost their parents money.  Sheriff Chris Nanos said, “If you are 18 and above you're going to be held financially responsible. If you you're under 18 your parents are going to be held financially responsible."

As of now, sheriff's detectives have arrested more than a dozen people. Most of them  teenagers. So far, they are looking at 70 suspects, more arrests are expected. 

Sheriff Nanos added, “We will catch you.” 

He also urged neighbors to call in suspicious activity if they know a house in their neighborhood is vacant and see or hear partying going on.

If you have information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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