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Father learns of burglary and house party through Facebook photos

The photos were also tagged, giving local police a list of potential suspects. 


Jordan Valinsky


Posted on Oct 3, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 10:05 am CDT

If you’re going to use someone else’s house for a party, then maybe don’t post the evidence on Facebook.

A group of students in South Carolina used an empty house for a raucous party in July, but the homeowners only found out about it after pictures of it surfaced this month on the social-networking site.

“I’m looking at them like, ‘Wait, this is my house!’” the 39-year-old father told WCNC-TV. The family was on a trip to New York in early July while this occurred. “They are running around doing lewd things with funnels, throwing up in the sink, passed out on the kitchen floor.”

The father knew it was his house from pictures of his kids on the refrigerator, and he recognized the students in the picture as friends of his children’s. The partygoers broke into the house through an unlocked window. Although the man, who asked not to be identified for his children’s sake, noticed the damaged screen, he didn’t think anything of it because there was no damage in the house.

To cover their trails, the students came back to tidy up the house.

“They came back the next day and cleaned everything up before we came home,” he said. “They put everything back—even did the dishes.”

The students who bragged about party on Facebook also tagged the pictures, so police in Tega Cay, S.C., now have a list of who attended. It is considered an open burglary investigation; no charges have been filed.

“If the kids weren’t bragging about it or showing it off via Facebook, nothing would have came about of it,” the man said. He added the event makes him feel vulnerable.

“You just feel completely violated,” he said. “How do you know when I am not around, and the little kids are home, when they could come do this or someone could come into your house.”

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2012, 12:47 pm CDT