Reputed 'bling ring' celebrity targets included Ashley Tisdale, Megan Fox [Updated]
Los Angeles police have asked prosecutors to charge five suspects -- including four teenage women -- in connection with at least 10 break-ins at the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, a group that now includes Brian Austin Green, Ashley Tisdale and Megan Fox.
Detectives with the LAPD's Hollywood Division are seeking multiple criminal filings against Rachel Lee, 19, Diana Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, and Alexis Neiers, 18, who were arrested last week and are out on bail.
Possible charges would include residential burglary, as well as narcotics and firearms-related offenses, according to people familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak about the case.
Police also are seeking two older men who are suspected of acting as fences for the stolen goods, detectives said. Roy Lopez, a 27-year-old bartender who lives in Los Angeles County, faces possible charges. Police also identified Jonathan "Johny Dangerous" Ajar, also 27, as a suspect and said they have issued a warrant for his arrest on charges that included sale and possession of drugs, possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon, possession of body armor and receiving stolen property.
Nicholas Frank Prugo, 18, already has been charged in connection with burglaries at the homes of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge.
The group studied television shows, celebrity magazines and websites, picking out clothing and jewelry they wanted, according to Los Angeles police detectives. They then figured out where the celebrities lived and, after casing the homes, broke in and took what they wanted, detectives said.
The suspects allegedly staked out the residences, sometimes more than once, the detectives added. Besides Patridge and Lohan, victims of the ring were among a "pantheon of young celebrities" including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson, according to police sources.
The ring allegedly pulled off at least 10 burglaries from October 2008 to September, stealing millions of dollars in designer duds, jewelry and accessories, police said.
Investigators are still piecing together the case, but said the women attended Indian Hills Continuation High School in Agoura Hills and had a taste for the luxury goods and accessories young celebrities wore. [Updated at 3:41 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Agoura in Agoura Hills.]
The break in the case came in early September after a break-in a month earlier at Lohan's Hollywood Hills home. Lohan and Patridge provided police with video surveillance footage of their burglaries, leading to Prugo's arrest.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photos: Fox and Tisdale. Credit: AP
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