A bizarre break-in over the weekend in Reston is triggering a police investigation. A family away on vacation returned to find out a group of kids broke into their home and had a big party.
The first thing you are probably thinking is do they have a child who had something to do with the party? The answer is no.
The couple's 14-year-old daughter was with them on vacation and is much younger than the older kids who were seen at the house. So the party full of trespassers is a real mystery.
“We thought: ‘What? Who's in our house?’ Nobody has a key. Not even our cleaning lady," said Stephanie Crowley.
“It's still a little mystery of how they got in,” said Paul Crowley.
It was a stunning discovery at the Crowleys' house in Reston. While this couple and their 14-year-old daughter were in the Caribbean for spring break, a group of teenagers managed to get into the house and had a party last Saturday night.
The Crowleys think it is possible someone figured out the entry access code outside the garage door.
“I keep talking to all of my neighbors," said Stephanie. "Many of them saw what was going on. I'm trying to figure out was it a group from her school that heard we were gone or just some random group that found out we were gone.”
The family found a cheap bottle of wine in the refrigerator downstairs along with marijuana drug residue on a couple of different surfaces in the home.
Coincidentally, the next-door neighbors were having a party the same night, which would have allowed the crowd of kids at the Crowleys to blend in with all of the other cars parked out front.
“We're fortunate there were some eyes on this, but unfortunately, nobody called the police right away,” said Paul.
The Crowleys said they learned a valuable lesson to ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your house when you are traveling.
But they did get a description of what some of the trespassers looked like.
“They were older teenagers,” said Stephanie. “They all had their own cars and they were driving up and had drinks in their hands. My daughter isn't old enough to even have a learner’s permit, so it's definitely not her and her friends because they're all still asking us to drive them everywhere.”
There is one silver lining: the kids didn't damage any of the house, including Paul's beloved pool table.
“They were very respectful of the table so that's good,” said Paul.
Fairfax County police came out to the house on Thursday and took a report.
They have also reprogrammed their entry system.
Their daughter said no one is talking about it at her high school 13 miles away.
There are two other closer high schools to the house, so it is not clear where the kids came from.
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