ROCK HILL — Three teenagers broke into a neighborhood clubhouse last weekend to clean up so they could get a security deposit back, officials say.
The teens, with ages possibly ranging from 15- 17, along with two adult women, rented the Rawlinson Road Homeowner’s Association clubhouse for a party on Sept. 8, according to a Rock Hill police report and homeowner’s association board member Gregory Mason.
Once the party was over, the renters began to clean up after themselves in compliance with the conditions for using the clubhouse, Mason said. After a few minutes, they left and apparently locked the clubhouse doors with the keys inside.
Some time later, the teens returned and tried to get into the clubhouse. Mason, who watched the entire incident on surveillance video, said the teens were unsuccessful and eventually one of them forced the doors open, causing $200 in damage.
Then they cleaned the clubhouse without taking anything valuable.
“They took all the trash,” he said.
Anyone is welcome to use the clubhouse that’s “for the community,” Mason said. Before renting it out, people pay $400 upfront before $300 is returned to them after they’ve finished using the space.
Mason said the two women who rented the clubhouse that night will not get their deposit back.