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Selfies give party-hard teens away to cops. Photo: Redfin.com
Selfies give party-hard teens away to cops. Photo: Redfin.com

A ghost party in a stolen mansion, $1 million damage, a stuffed leopard and telltale selfies - it's a story very much of our age.

Police were last month left dismayed by a party promoted on Twitter in an opulent Southern Californian mansion in which trespassing partygoers absconded with medieval armour, designer suits and a $250,000 stuffed leopard.

The vacant $7 million mansion was up for sale and was chosen as the venue for a 17-hour ghost party - a gathering organised on a whim, often at a venue not owned or rented by the host.

A stuffed leopard worth over $250,000 was stolen from the mansion. Photo: KCAL/KCBS.

CNN.com reports that about 100 guests paid an entry fee on November 23 and then partied hard. They left the palatial home trashed when they departed in the early hours of the morning.

"They just had a free-for-all once the place was broken into," Lt. Arthur Scott told CNN affiliate KTLA. "Once entry was made, it was like, 'Oh, this is fun.'"

Police investigated for two weeks, trying to track the stolen clothes, art, electronics and distinctive decorative items. KCAL/KCBS

This week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deparment announced they had had a breakthrough - thanks to millenial egos and social media.

They arrested 16 teenagers, thanks to photos they posted online of their antics.

Three 18-year-olds along with 13 minors were arrested. They face multiple charges including burglary, grand theft and trespass."They were actually bragging about the party, showing themselves within the residence, showing themselves carrying some of the stolen property," Sheriff's Capt. Tim Murakami said.