By Megan Dooley
The Oak Park Police Department is investigating a March 30 underage drinking party in which a group of teenagers allegedly gathered in a house without permission of the homeowners, who were away at the time.
Police were tipped off to the party after someone reported a disturbance in an alley behind a home in the 700 block of South East Avenue. Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said that officers did not find anyone outside when they arrived on the scene at about 10:45 p.m., but did find a rear door of a nearby residence ajar. A premises check of the residence turned up evidence of a drinking party, including multiple beer cans. The house was found empty at the time of the search.
Police contacted the homeowner, who was out for the evening and had not given anyone permission to be inside the house.
Several hours later, at close to 2 a.m., another disturbance report brought police back to the area, and two juveniles were discovered outside the residence.
Police questioned the individuals, who admitted to having been inside the home for an underage drinking party.
"It appears that they were given a key by one of the residents," said Reynolds.
He also said that police were able to discover the names of several other juveniles who had been at the party.
The two juveniles were cited for curfew violation, and Reynolds said that the investigation is ongoing.