L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

'Bling ring' member sent back to jail, faces heroin charge

December 3, 2010 | 12:53 pm

Neiersbooking A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday revoked the probation of a 19-year-old member of the celebrity-burglary "bling ring" after she was arrested this week on a charge of heroin possession.

Judge Peter Espinoza remanded Alexis Neiers, star of the defunct E! reality show "Pretty Wild," into custody and ordered her held without bail pending a Dec. 9 hearing, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

At the hearing, a judge will decide whether Neiers should go to prison to serve out her suspended two-year sentence or receive an alternative punishment, such as going to a residential treatment center.

Officials said Neiers was arrested Tuesday after L.A. County probation officers found her with a fake Florida driver's license and an unspecified quantity of black-tar heroin in her purse. Ventura County prosecutors will decide whether to file a separate case on the alleged heroin possession because she was apprehended at her home in Thousand Oaks.

Officials said probation officers visited the home after Neiers failed to check in with them after her release from jail this summer. She 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.

Bloom was among a dozen celebrities -- including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson -- who authorities say 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 2009, Neiers was identified as one of four hooded people seen on a security video entering Bloom's 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.

Goodkin testified that investigators found Bilson's Marc Jacobs handbag and Lohan's black-and-white Chanel necklace in the bedroom of Neiers' younger sister. Neiers previously had insisted she was intoxicated and unaware she was involved in a break-in. She said she never took any items from Bloom's home.

Neiers was seen as a minor player in the burglaries, but she had out-sized publicity in the case because of her starring role in the reality show featuring her life in the fast lane.

ALSO:

Suicide of suspect in Ronni Chasen slaying caught on tape

Ronni Chasen slaying suspect worried about police, talked of gun, $10,000 windfall

Suspect in Ronni Chasen slaying had been under police surveillance

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Alexis Neiers. Credit: Los Angeles County Probation Department

Comments 

Advertisement










Video