A massive Florida high school post-prom party was meant to be the bash of the year where a rented Airbnb house with a swimming pool was decked out with stripper poles, strobe lights, and gallons of booze and pre-rolled marijuana joints.
But the party was busted before it even began.
Martin County deputies foiled the epic blowout as about 300 students from West Boca Community High were about to board buses for the party house on April 12, acting on a tip from the school security guard.
Student Thomas Levin, 19, of Boca Raton, had legally rented out a three-story rental home in Palm City on Airbnb, that goes for $300 a night.
Students paid $80 a pop for a bus ride and entry into the party at the spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.
The party pad was decked out for an alcohol-fueled frenzy where the fridge was stocked with Jell-O shots, a bowl filled with pre-rolled marijuana joints, and stripper poles were set up for a bikini contest.
About 300 West Boca Community High students were ready for an epic post-prom party at a three story, $300 a night Airbnb rental house in Palm City, Florida (above). But it was busted before it even began on April 12 by Martin County deputies following a tip
It was supposed to be an epic post-prom blowout for about 300 students at West Boca Community High. The rental home was decked out with alcohol, Jell-O shots, and weed
Pictures from inside the home show gallons of booze and Jell-O shots from a night of alcohol-fueled revelry
There was even a bowl filled with pre-rolled marijuana joints for party guests
But the party was foiled after cops received a tip from a West Boca High security guard after seeing posts about the party on social media.
‘The potential for disaster was huge,’ Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Tuesday.
‘They had Jello shots, they had every mixer, they had high-end liquors, they had beers, they had it all,’ Lt. Ryan Grimsdale of Martin County said to the Sun Sentinel. ‘This would have rivaled any bar in Martin County that day.’
The students were about to charter three buses from Boca Raton to the rental home in Palm City, when cops stopped them.
‘They had three buses, at least 300 kids, heading to Martin County for an alcohol-laced drug fest,’ Grimsdale said.
Pictures from inside the home show the massive stash of booze and weed awaiting the guests. Students had also transformed the bathrooms on second and third floors of the home into makeshift bars loaded with liquor.
Students paid $80 a pop for a bus ride and entry into the party at the spacious three-story home. Cops stopped about 300 students loaded on three buses, moments before they drove to the party house
‘They had Jello shots, they had every mixer, they had high-end liquors, they had beers, they had it all. This would have rivaled any bar in Martin County that day,’ Lt. Ryan Grimsdale said. A back view of the home pictured above
Pictures of the Palm City Airbnb house listing shows it includes a massive backyard and a swimming pool with a slide. Students reportedly added stripper poles to the home as well
The three-story home is spacious and in a relatively rural area. An outdoor shot of the home’s backyard pictured above
The home is owned by Jochel Martel, who lives in Austria and works with a local property manager to run the home. She said she was ‘in awe and rather shocked’ to see the party set up
Students gave the bathrooms on the second and third floors a makeover, transforming them into makeshift bars loaded with booze
The party violated the rental agreement on Airbnb and she voided the contract
The party scene: The Airbnb profile states renters are not allowed to host parties and damage to the home could charge up to $1,000
Despite the massive party bust – no charges have been filed and no arrests were made
Despite the massive party bust – no charges have been filed and no arrests were made.
Levin, who rented out the house on Airbnb, wasn’t connected to the liquor or weed found in the home.
He told authorities he had no idea who ‘brought all the liquor and drug paraphernalia.’
‘We couldn’t put the alcohol or drugs into anybody’s possession,’ Grimsdale said. ‘We couldn’t prove it.’
Instead of allowing the party to go on with their knowledge so they could make arrests, the Sheriff’s department decided to act before it started.
Instead of allowing the party to go on with their knowledge so they could make arrests, the Sheriff’s department decided to act before it started. Sheriff William Snyder said: ‘The potential for disaster was huge’
‘We were forced into a situation where we knew that if we allowed the party to continue there would be underage drinking,’ Grimsdale said.
The home is owned by Jochen Mertl, who lives in Austria and works with a local property manager to run the home. The property manager took the photographs of the mischief.
The property manager told investigators she had no clue about the plans for the giant, underage party.
She said she was ‘in awe and rather shocked’ to see the home’s party set up.
The party violated the rental agreement on Airbnb and she voided the contract.
The house’s Airbnb profile states renters are not allowed to host parties and renters who damage the home could be charged up to a whopping $1,000.
Airbnb said that they had a listing for thee Palm City property and no cancellations were recorded in April. They say renters must be at least 18 according to the Airbnb terms of service and a homeowner can request an ID as proof, according to WPTV.