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Items stolen from Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan found at Las Vegas home, police say

November 6, 2009 | 10:30 am
A police search of a Las Vegas home occupied by a young woman arrested in connection with the so-called Bling Ring that burglarized young Hollywood celebrities turned up items belonging to Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge and Lindsay Lohan, according to law enforcement sources and a copy of a search warrant obtained by The Times.

According to the search warrant, Los Angeles Police Department officers accompanied by Las Vegas Metro Police officers recovered three personal photos of Hilton, two pair of jeans and a white hat.

Investigators also seized two computers, marijuana, a Korean passport and more than $20,000 in cash. Authorities arrested Rachel Lee, 19, during the Oct. 22 search, but Lee has not been charged with any of the burglaries.

Law enforcement sources say the items retrieved from the four-bedroom home belong to Hilton, Patridge and Lohan.

Six other people, predominately young women who formerly attended an Agoura Hills High School, have been charged in connection with the burglary spree that netted more than $3 million in designer clothing, accessories and jewelry between last December and October.

The items police were searching for reveals the array of loot the bling ring stole during its burglaries. The items include "hats, purses, designer bags and/or luggage, watches silver and/or gold jewelry, sunglasses, coats, clothing, scarves, personal computers, laptop computers, gloves, photos, cameras, rugs, paintings and Hilton family heirlooms."

Investigators were also searching maps, photos and other information related to the celebrities' home addresses and any electronic communications "boasting about the burglaries," according to the warrant.

The warrant was one of six served by the police. More than $2 million in merchandise has been recovered by LAPD Hollywood Division detectives who have tied the bling ring to 10 burglaries.

Much of it was turned over after the arrests last month and searches of the homes of Jonathan Ajar, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, Alexis Neiers and Roy Lopez Jr. They were charged last week with residential burglary and other felonies in connection with the burglaries.

Detectives also last week 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.

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.

--Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

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