Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- Four teenagers, identified as the 'Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch', with a taste for the high fashion, have been charged with stealing approximately $3million in luxury goods from homes of prominent Hollywood celebrities.
The teenagers reportedly studied television shows, celebrity websites and magazines, in order to pick their target. They chose which clothing and jewellrey they particularly liked, before breaking into the homes of Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Ashley Tisdale, among others.
Three women and one man, aged between 18 and 19 years of age, have been charged by Los Angeles prosecutors, with residential burglary felonies.
Nicholas Prugo, Courtney Ames, Diana Tamayo, as well as Alexis Neiers, who is filming a pilot for a reality show, are charged with pulling off at least ten burglaries between October 2008 to September 2009.
The group worked out where the celebrities homes were, using paparazzi shots and Hollywood star maps. They also used the Internet to find the starsâ schedules and established when the houses would be vacant.
Rachel Lee, 18, is reportedly the master mind behind the roving gang of hooligans, taking whatever they fancied after breaking into the homes. Lee has been detained but not charged yet. The three girls Diana Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, and Alexis Neirs, 18 were charged. Two men, Roy Lopez Jr, 27, and Nicholas Prugo, 18 have also been charged.
The women were classmates at Indian Hill High School, a continuation campus in Agoura Hills. They were well recognized for their taste for luxury goods and accessories.
It is believed detectives have seized a laptop computer, which is said to hold implicating photographs of the suspects wearing items they had allegedly stolen. These include Lindsay Lohan's blue Rolex watch.
Some experts claim that the invasive behaviour of the paparazzi, combined with celebrity websites and magazines, has gone too far. They believe many celebrities are now at risk.
Blair Berk, a well-known Hollywood attorney who represents some of the victims says "Paparazzi shots and magazine coverage are increasingly prying into the private homes, schools and personal possessions of the stars. That is increasingly creating a very real danger in terms of mentally ill stalkers and criminals."
"The stolen property is now being returned to the victims", said Sean Erenstoft, Prugo's attorney.
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