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Several teens arrested after Westside parties go viral

Here’s a tip: If you live in the Westside, and your family is going on vacation, don’t announce it on Facebook -- or else all your crazy friends might break in, throw a party and trash the place.

That’s what happened last Friday night in the Pacific Palisades, after 13 friends (online friends, at least), learning that a house was empty while the owners went to Hawaii, forced their way in, drank, went nuts, and ultimately stole several laptops and other electronic equipment, according to the LA Times.

The 13 pals -- 11 youths and two young adults -- were all arrested after police tracked the “pings” from the laptops they stole. And the family members, having just arrived in Hawaii to start their nice Spring Break getaway, were instead called home to help sort out the mess.

Meanwhile, another Spring Break mess -- this one much bigger -- also drew police attention last weekend, also in the Westside and also fueled by social media.