AFFTON, Mo. (KTVI) — A vacant house was trashed by partiers, right before the new homeowners were about to move in.
The Kaiser family couldn’t wait to move into their new Affton home, with four bedrooms, a pool, deck and a gazebo. But it’s ended up being a nightmare, that’s costing them tens of thousands of dollars. Just hours after the Kaisers closed and changed the locks, a raucous party left damage that seems never-ending.
Curtis Kaiser explains, “They urinated in cabinets. There’s cigarette burns all over all the floors, the carpets, the laminates, I mean there was alcohol spilled everywhere, there was vomit all over the place, and they broke the handrails up the stairs.”
Kaiser says the partiers also broke windows, and tossed retaining wall blocks into the swimming pool. Not even the roof was spared: “I guess a whole bunch of people got out there, and it caved in, and so we had to replace the flat part of the roof, too.”
The result: three dumpsters filled with trash.
“We’ve had to replace all the kitchen cabinets because the ones that were in here were custom-built, and we couldn’t match them,” says Kaiser. They replaced all the windows for the same reason. They had to rip out all the floors and repaint the walls, ceilings and doors.
“It’s been close to $30,000, probably, and that’s just materials and buying stuff, and that’s just with me doing all the work,” laments Kaiser.
St. Louis County Police call this an active investigation, and have several persons of interest. Police aren’t saying who is responsible, but party photos and an invitation the Kaisers saw on Facebook indicate a former resident had something to do with it.
“Some girl showed up in our driveway wanting to get her beer pong table back from the party,” says Kaiser, “It really ticks me off. We’ve drained our savings; we’ve put a bunch of stuff on our credit cards, just to try to get the house livable.”
Whoever is ultimately responsible for this party could be charged with trespassing, and possibly burglary. But for the Kaisers to get any restitution for all the damage, they’d have to go through the civil courts.