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Reputed 'bling ring' fugitive surrenders to LAPD

November 4, 2009 |  5:01 pm

A fugitive and convicted drug dealer who police say is part of the reputed 'bling ring" that has burglarized the homes of young celebrities including Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton surrendered to police this afternoon, authorities said.

Jonathan Ajar, whom police dubbed "Johnny Dangerous," is suspected of selling some of the luxury items allegedly stolen in at least 10 burglaries. Investigators are still piecing together the case but said the ring was largely composed of 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

In addition to Lohan and Hilton, the group is suspected of taking merchandise from the residences of Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale.

Accompanied by an attorney, Ajar went to the Hollywood police station, where he turned himself in about 2:30 p.m., said Det. Bret Goodkin.

Agar, who was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison in 2002, is believed to have sold off some of the stolen merchandise, police said.

Police said they recovered numerous items inside the Winnetka apartment of Ajar, who has already been charged in the case. The search of the apartment also 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, gold and diamond bracelets and cut diamonds 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.

-- Andrew Blankstein