Timothy J. De Los Santos, 23, pleaded no contest Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, for his role in nearly destroying a foreclosed home in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department
Rob Parsons of the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that six people plead "no contest" Tuesday for their roles in severely vandalizing a foreclosed home in 2012 during a “Sharpie party.”
During a Sharpie party, evicted tenants pass out markers and vandalize property before the bank assumes control.
The Merced County District Attorney’s Office said the evicted tenant, Mathew N. Clements, 27, invited as many as 100 people to the party, passed out felt-tipped markers and encouraged people to damage the home.
Partygoers caused about $24,000 in damage Feb. 25, 2012, to the home at 1046 Mirror Lake Drive, committing various acts of vandalism authorities described as “shocking,” “senseless” and “extreme.”
Investigators said much of the house was significantly damaged. Massive holes were punched in walls, which were also covered in graffiti, described as “vulgar” and depicting “sex acts.” Garbage and other miscellaneous debris covered vomit-stained floors, investigators said.