(CBS News) A former NFL star is picking up the pieces of his trashed home in upstate New York. Hundreds of teenagers broke in and partied there while he was out of town. And now, he's using the web to fight back.
The kids who partied at the home caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, and many of them documented the whole thing on social media. But now the football player is turning the tables to try to make the kids take responsibility.
Brian Holloway is a former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders. He was in Florida Labor Day weekend, when his son got word there was a party going on at the family home in upstate New York.
Brian Holloway Jr. said, "The kids tried to say that I was at the party, which I was not. I was at the University of South Florida studying."
His father said, "At first, I thought it was a joke, I thought he was pranking me."
That is until he went online and saw kids posting about party on Twitter, even as the police came to break it up.
Holloway said, "I'm watching these tweets and I'm listening to them say, 'Oh what a great party,' 'I can't believe how drunk she is,' 'Look, we can't wake her up. The sheriff's here the police are here,' 'We gotta run,' 'Head out to the woods,' you know, 'Help them,' 'Can't wake them up,' 'Doesn't matter,' so they're tweeting all this stuff, so I'm watching this thing as a movie and I'm going, 'You gotta be kidding me'."
Holloway says the place was a wreck. Broken windows and doors, ruined carpets, graffiti, trash everywhere, including, he says, drug paraphernalia. "I blew right past furious, to being just in a state of shock," Holloway said.
So Holloway created a website, and posted tweets from some of the kids he says were there: one reads, "yeaaaahh it's like so trashed." Another says, "...good thing we got away."
But that person may have tweeted too soon. The local sheriff's office tells CBS News it's taking the case very seriously. A spokeswoman says the investigation involves 300 kids, or more.
Holloway said, "What's damaged can be replaced. What's stolen can be returned. Thing is, what are we going to do about these 300 kids? How did they get this far, how did this makes sense? And how do we get back on the right track?"
Holloway says many of the kids who saw their tweets on his web site called apologizing, but he says only one has shown up to try to undo the damage, and help him clean up.
Watch Jan Crawford's full report above.