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Underage drinking party busted in vacant home

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A group of Johnson County teens were hoping to have a good time, but instead had the police called on them.

In just a few hours, Shawnee police arrested more than a dozen people for underage drinking. Some of them were caught because police say they held their party in a place that was supposed to be vacant, and neighbors noticed.

"Definitely not very smart," said Capt. Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department.

The bust happened at a home on West 64th and Roundtree streets early Sunday morning.

Five people between 16 and 19 years old were arrested for underage drinking.

It was easy for neighbors to figure out something was going on because the house is vacant and up for sale.

"Really increases the chance of getting caught if neighbors all know the house is empty and see lights on Saturday night. I think they are going to call," Tennis said.

Neighbors said the homeowner suspected this type of thing was going on and even asked neighbors to keep an eye out. What the homeowner might not have suspected was the person breaking into the house to party, according to police, was his son.

"It was a surprise to dad, who is at home not knowing where his son is," Tennis said.

Just a few hours after police finished up at the home, a noise complaint was made about a home near West 68th Street and Quivira Road. When officers arrived, they say there was another house party in full swing.

Ten people were arrested for drinking under the age of 21. This time, those accused were between 19 and 20 years old and the homeowners were out of town.

A total of 15 arrests in just a matter of hours, and it was all thanks to neighbors noticing something wasn't quite right.

"We feel we should do something about it, so we don't have 18, 19, 20-year-old kids driving away from a scene intoxicated. It increases the chance they could hurt someone or hurt themselves," Tennis said.

Those under 18 were released to their parents, and the rest were all given notices to appear in court.

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