Luxury goods found at homes of suspects in celebrity burglaries, search warrant shows
Police recovered Paris Hilton's designer perfume, a pistol belonging to actor Brian Austin Green and a handwritten inventory listing diamonds and other jewelry at the homes of suspects accused of burglarizing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Times.
The affidavit sought by Los Angeles Police Department detectives names five alleged members of the burglary crew -- Jonathan Ajar, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, Alexis Neiers and Roy Lopez Jr. -- who were charged last week with residential burglary and other felonies in connection with at least 10 burglaries in the Hollywood Hills that occurred between late 2008 and October this year.The largest haul was found inside the Winnetka apartment of Ajar, a convicted drug dealer who remains a fugitive in the case. The search of Ajar's residence turned up illicit drugs and a stash of weapons including a Sig Sauer handgun belonging to Green, who starred in the original "Beverly Hills 90210."
Other items seized from Ajar, a former part-time club promoter at Les Deux nightclub, included a diamond encrusted Cartier Tiger watch, numerous gold and diamond bracelets and cut diamonds in a bag weighing more than 42 carats.
Additionally, investigators found a handwritten inventory that listed more than 42 carats of hand-cut diamonds, high-end watches and several diamond-encrusted bracelets. A source familiar with the case told The Times that many of the items on the list were consistent with merchandise reported stolen by celebrities including Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale.
That same day, detectives seized a home computer, several rings, a necklace and a black leather Marc Jacobs purse at the Thousand Oaks home of Neiers, an 18-year-old aspiring model whose family was the subject of a reality television show for the E! network.
Through her attorney, she has denied any wrongdoing.
Tamayo, 19, of Newbury Park was found with a Louis Vuitton brown leather purse, stacks of assorted perfumes, including the Paris Hilton signature brand, an Hermes black leather purse, and designer shoes by Marc Fisher and BCBG, the court documents noted.
Detectives also got warrants to search the homes of Ames, 18, and Lopez, described in the affidavit as a 27-year-old "gang member," but did not list property that may or may not have been taken from those residences.
Other alleged members of the ring include Nicholas Frank Prugo, 18, who has already has been charged in connection with eight burglaries. His attorney has said he played "a limited role" in the alleged crimes. Also arrested but not yet charged is 19-year-old Rachel Lee of Las Vegas, who is free on bail.
The pair, however, were not among those targeted in the Oct. 22 warrants which sought "any and all data, maps, directions, aerial photos or street maps, or letters or other correspondence" related to travels to the addresses of five celebrities. The court document also lists items including jewelry, accessories, computers and even cigarettes.
Investigators are still piecing together the case, but said the ring was largely executed by young women who attended Indian Hills Continuation High School in Agoura Hills and had a taste for the luxury goods and accessories young celebrities wore
allege the crew took jewelry, designer clothes and accessories. Later
they wore some of the pilfered couture, including Fox's T-shirts and
Hilton's shoes, police said.
At least $2 million in merchandise has been recovered by police, who said they did not believe they had recovered the majority of stolen items and that the estimated value of the thefts could escalate.