In October 2017 Mike Cox and his wife had the shock of their lives when they returned home from an evening out. Why? Well, as the couple walked up to their front door, they could see that there were hundreds of people inside their house – and the intruders were completely trashing the abode too.
Mike and his spouse, who come from Denver, Colorado, had put their house on the market. And, naturally, the pair wouldn’t have anticipated there being many risks with advertising that their home was up for sale. As it happens, though, the couple’s decision may have had unforeseen ramifications.
And Mike and his wife would come across something distressing during that evening in October 2017. On that occasion, the couple had gone out for dinner, leaving their dogs behind to safeguard their home. Just hours later, however, they returned home from their meal to witness a truly horrifying scene.
As the two walked up to their front door, they were shocked to see that there were some people inside. They quickly realized, then, that there had been a break-in while they were gone. But the intruders weren’t exactly acting like burglars.
That’s because it was a bunch of teenagers who had let themselves into the Coxes’ home – and it seems that they weren’t necessarily there to steal valuables, either. Instead, the teens had come to throw a raucous, alcohol-fueled party, which was already in full swing when the Coxes came back.
It was only when the Coxes entered their home to confront the teenagers, however, that the couple saw the full extent of what was going on inside. And what they discovered left Mike’s wife in tears: their house had been completely and utterly violated.
Speaking to CBS Denver shortly after the incident, Mike described the chaos that he found in his own home. “There were beer cans, liquor bottles, wine bottles everywhere,” he said. Mike was so outraged by what he saw, in fact, that he decided to film the devastation.
Mike subsequently managed to capture video footage of the random teenagers drinking and dancing around his house. Some of them were even standing on sofas and tables. And the home owner was shocked to see a number of the kids spraying bottles of champagne as they partied.
What’s more, a few of the party-goers were even tossing beer cans around the house, showing complete disrespect for the property. And, all in all, Mike and his wife estimated that there were a total of about 300 teenagers creating chaos throughout their home. So there was only one thing for it.
Yes, the Coxes dialed 911 in order to get help shutting down the outrageous party. And the way in which Mike would later describe the scene inside his home may bring to mind the plot of the 2012 movie Project X, which depicts teenagers raving the night away at an out-of-control get-together.
Speaking to Inside Edition in October 2017, Mike recalled seeing the teenagers running riot in his home and wishing that he could “get his hands on them.” Understandably, he added that he had felt “complete rage” upon returning to his house and encountering such chaos.
And once the party was shut down, it transpired that some of the teens had even filmed themselves partying in the Cox household and uploaded the footage to Snapchat. According to The Sun, police have been studying the videos ever since.
Indeed, the cops have already managed to arrest some of the intruders, who have subsequently been charged with burglary and underage drinking. But that doesn’t even begin to make up for the serious damage that has been done to the Coxes’ property.
In the months leading up to putting their house on the market, the homeowners had had plenty of work done to the property to make sure that it was looking its best. This included repainting some of the walls and repairing sections of the flooring.
But thanks to the teenagers who broke in, all that work has proven futile. Mike told the New York Post that the house will have to be withdrawn from sale while they try to repair the damage done to their home. According to Mike himself, these corrections will cost “tens of thousands of dollars.”
And as that price tag suggests, the teens didn’t just leave the odd beer stain on the carpet. Reports stated that windows were smashed and tiles were broken too, The homeowners even found beer stains on the ceiling, in fact, and Mike uncovered a half-empty beer can in a light fitting.
But the question of why the teenagers broke into this particular house still remains unanswered. Mike suspected that he and his wife’s home was chosen as a party location because it was advertised online as being up for sale. Perhaps, then, the teens therefore assumed that the property would be empty.
“It’s not just an empty house that’s for sale. It’s where we live,” Mike later told 7News Denver, before criticizing the teenagers for what they did. “They don’t value anything. They don’t value people’s hard work, their property – any of it,” he added.
To top things off, the furious homeowner said that his dogs have been left “traumatized” by what happened that night. It seems, then, that the intense sense of rage and violation that the Coxes felt when they first discovered the party is yet to subside.
Still, while there’s no doubt that what the teenagers did to the Coxes’ home was terrible, it may eventually be possible to repair the physical damage done. The emotional scars that the incident has left on the homeowners, however, are likely to last a lot longer.