Exclusive: Accused Hollywood Bling Ring Member Says Peer Pressure Fueled Celebrity Heists

After Prugo's arrest, the alleged ringleader of the group, Rachel Lee, 18, was arrested in Las Vegas, while Courtney Ames and Alexis Neiers, both 18, Diana Tamayo, 19, and Roy Lopez Jr., 27, were arrested in the Los Angeles area in October, police said. Lopez, a bouncer that Ames apparently knew, was accused of stealing $2 million worth of jewelry from Paris Hilton in one of the alleged Bunch-planned thefts.

Investigators carrying out search warrants in the case recovered numerous items of property "stolen during a series of burglaries committed at the residences of well-known celebrities," according to an LAPD statement.

All the women have pleaded not guilty excerpt for Lee, who has yet to enter a plea. Neiers has since started shooting her own reality TV show.

Star Struck Burglars

Prugo told "Good Morning America" that he used to be out on the town, partying every night. Now he's spending more time at home, repairing his once-strained relationship with his family.

"I'm not going to try and cash in on what I did. It's not about that," he said. "When I confessed it was for my own conscience."

The whole affair began, he told Vanity Fair, when his best friend, Rachel Lee, suggested they burglarize the home of a boy she knew was out of town.

Following that successful theft, Prugo told Vanity Fair the robberies spiraled into stealing from vehicles -- called "checking cars" -- to celebrity homes. Lee called it "going shopping," Prugo said. Soon, more teen girls joined in.

During each attempt, Prugo said he felt uncomfortable and often called on Lee to leave.

He went through with them though, he said, because he was "just following Rachel" and loved Lee like a sister, according to the Vanity Fair report.

"Rachel's a klepto freak," Neiers said before her arrest, according to Vanity Fair. "Rachel was in charge. She started it all. Nick, he was a dude -- why would he be knocking off chicks' houses?"

Lee did it, Prugo said, because she was obsessed with the fashion of the celebrities and wanted to wear what they wore.

To Goodkin, the crimes were almost "stalkerish" in nature, Vanity Fair reported.

When she saw the surveillance tape of her home's robbery, Audrina Patridge had a similar thought.

"Rachel Lee was a big fan of me," she told Vanity Fair. "She's a little obsessed girl, I gotta tell you. She's going to get what she deserves."

But as of now it's unclear what kind of trial, if any, there will be. If there is one, Prugo is likely to be a major player for the prosecution.

"Even though I was charged with more, you know, things, I still think it was the right thing to do," Prugo said of his confession to police. "I'm just trying to help the police in any way I can."

If he does take the stand, it's likely his story will be called into question.

According to Jeffery Rubenstein, attorney for Alexis Neiers, Prugo's credibility is "questionable at best."

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