A Sylvan Lake home that’s listed on a popular short-term rental site was broken into Friday and trashed.
Photos and alleged videos of the incident began circulating on social media over the weekend. Facebook users allege a group of teenagers is behind the vandalism after their online rental request did not go forward.
RCMP are investigating the break-and-enter incident, as well as the resulting mischief inside the property, Cpl. Laurel Scott said Monday.
Police said they responded to a call around 10:38 p.m. Friday and officers broke up a house party. They determined there were more than 50 young people in the Falcon Ridge Drive home.
“I can tell you that the members on scene detained some people and spoke to people who were youth,” said Scott.
A nearby resident told The Advocate the home was listed on Airbnb, adding she saw about a dozen teenagers Friday at around 11:30 p.m. near her home.
The woman, who did not want her name published, said she thought of taking a photo of the group, but was worried they might see her.
“That many teenagers is definitely something that makes me uncomfortable,” she said.
“We regularly have to deal with them partying behind our house.
“They were very loud and obnoxious and were clearly intoxicated,” she said of the group.
The nuisance of noisy teens is worse in the summer, said the woman, adding she’s considered moving in the past.
“These kids need supervision, and it’s an ongoing problem. Hopefully, this is serious enough to wake their parents up, because we’re tired of it.”
Police say some arrests were made, but no charges were laid as of Monday afternoon.
RCMP are looking for public assistance in collecting video evidence or identification information about the culprits responsible.