What began as a quiet movie night with friends at a home in the remote Aptos Hills turned into a massive gathering over the weekend when 300 teenagers swarmed the home, all because of social media.
"The parents, who were out of town, received a call from a neighbor, when a daughter went to the neighbor's house," said Sgt. Patrick Dimick of the Santa Crus Cruz Sheriff's Office.
That 16-year-old couldn't control the crowd growing at her home and ran for help.
Dimick said the 16-year-old only planned on a movie night with some girlfriends when social media blew activities out of proportion.
"One of the friends, according to the report, started sending out text messages and postings on Facebook and it turned into a 200- to 300-person party," Dimick said.
One neighbor said the teen's mother is adamant this was not a party, but more like a home invasion, which took all of the sheriff's resources to handle.
"The house was not only getting trashed but items were stolen, including some firearms," Dimick said.
The teen's mother and neighbors may disagree about the nature of Saturday's incident, but the sheriff's office said what's unusual about the case is the fact that stolen property was actually recovered.
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Inside his car was stolen property from the girl's home, including a shotgun, rifle, jewelry and camera equipment.
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