My dad, step-mom, and my siblings are out of town, 200 miles away for the week. My dad asked me to watch the house, feed the pets, and keep an eye on things. They just left Saturday morning, so there was no need to go check on stuff until Sunday afternoon to feed Max, their dog, and make sure the cats had food and water, bring the mail in, etc. I stopped in early Sunday, and nothing was out of the ordinary. I played with the dog, locked up, and went home. My husband and I had just got home from watching the fireworks display that our city put on a few blocks away, when the phone rang. It was about 10:30, and no one we know calls that late, on our home line nonetheless. All our friends have Nextel phones so we just talk that way. Here it's my step-mom all flustered, saying that someone was throwing a party at their house and lighting off illegal fireworks. She said the neighbors were concerned because I was the only one with a key, thus myself and my son and husband were to be the only ones there, unless we wanted to invite friends to swim with us in the pool. I panicked, thinking that someone broke in, and such. We get there, and theres about 3 cop cars, and many neighbors, and lots of teenagers, or kids under age. One of the neighbors who called the cops, his son is with my dad, because he's my younger brother's (T.J.) best friend and went camping with them. I then recognize one of the trucks. My brother Sean's. He has been in trouble with the law, and has about 3 warrants out for his arrest, and he's only 19. He and his friends got into the backyard and had a bonfire going, swimming in the hot tub and pool, and even had the brand new $2k propane grill going. It was a father's day gift from me, my step-mom, and my siblings. I helped pay for it. They had a keg and other alcohol (duh). There were a couple kids that were of age, but no one wanted to claim the alcohol (duh). They were busted for u/a consumption and some drug parapharnelia(sp?). My brother had taken off, but not in his truck. The problem is that the area my dad's house is in, is a rural area, and it was not likely they would find him, because he knows the area way too well and could easily get away. It appeared (at first) he did not enter the house. I had a cop go through with me to ensure that everything appeared to be in its place. Indeed it was, or so i thought. My dad was on and off the phone because they were in the middle of nowhere in wisconsin (which in itself is the middle of nowhere), so their cell phones would cut out or cut off completely. My dad was ready to pack up and leave right then. It took me and his neighbor to convince him to at least stay there tonight, that everything was fine. My dad asked me to look at the door jambs to see if there are any 'jimmy' marks, and if any of the windows were unlocked. Both the upper level and lower level sliding doors are brand new, so i would be able to tell. There were 2 of them in the lower level one. Sean HAD been inside. I asked if there was supposed to be any alcohol behind the bar at all. The bottles he listed, were not there. I then remembered that the window to T.J.'s room, was unlocked when the cop came in with me to check the house. I locked it myself, thinking TJ must have forgot. My dad stated he went through the house just before they left to ensure everything was closed. On the upper deck, some girl left her purse and bikini bottoms (ugh, yeah i know!). My husband and i went thru the purse looking for an ID or something. We DID find a very expensive pot pipe and a REALLY nice cell phone. On the cell phone, we found the girl's parents number and my husband called it to tell them what was going on. They didn't sound too concerned, but I didn't really hear the conversation as I was busy going through the house. my dad's coming home tomorrow to check to make sure nothing small was stolen. Sean may be a dumbass, but he knows not to take stuff that's obvious, like stereos and tv's. My dad was worried about jewelry and some coin collections, as well as a few other things. He will be going back to wisconsin, but he wants to put his mind to ease by going through the house himself, only because I would not know what was taken, because I haven't lived there in 6 years. I just got home about 45 minutes ago. ugh...i am going to bed.