'Bling ring' member, reality show star arrested for alleged probation violation [Updated]
The 19-year-old Calabasas woman who served jail time earlier this year for her role in one of the "bling ring” celebrity burglaries was arrested Tuesday for allegedly violating her probation, sources familiar with the case said.
Alexis Neiers was found with a fake Florida driver’s license and an unspecified quantity of black-tar heroin in her purse, according to a source with knowledge of the arrest who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity.
She could serve three years in state prison if convicted of violating her probation, authorities said.
Neiers served 180 days in L.A. County jail in the summer after pleading no contest to first-degree residential burglary of the Hollywood Hills home of actor Orlando Bloom.
[Updated at 9:37 a.m.: Bloom was among a dozen high-profile celebrities -- including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson -- who were targeted in 2008 and 2009 by the ring made up of mostly young women, many of whom attended the same continuation school.
At a preliminary hearing in December 2009, Neiers was identified as one of four hooded people seen on a security video entering Bloom's Hollywood Hills home.
Los Angeles Police Department Det. Bret Goodkin testified that Neiers tried repeatedly to conceal her identity and was seen on the video leaving the actor's home with bags of items during the 3 a.m. break-in last year, along with two other alleged ring members, Diane Tamayo, 19, and Rachel Lee, 18.
Neiers, who was in jail at the same time as Lohan, who also was victimized by the “bling ring” burglary crew, was a minor player in the burglaries but had outsized publicity in the case because of her starring role in an E! reality show featuring her life in the fast lane.
Neiers was arrested Tuesday by L.A. County Probation officers who visited her residence after she failed to check in with them after her release from jail over the summer.
After a search of her home turned up the heroin and drug paraphernalia in her purse, she was booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills-Malibu station on suspicion of probation violation and possession of heroin.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Alexis Neiers as she was booked Wednesday. Credit: Los Angeles County Probation Department.