Teen 'Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch' Suspected in Robberies

Tinseltown teens suspected of nabbing millions in cash, jewelry from celebs.

ByABC News via logo
October 24, 2009, 4:43 PM

Oct. 26, 2009— -- A group of teens dubbed the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, allegedly created an elaborate, technology-aided scheme to pull off a string of heists from the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom, police said.

Five teens and another man were arrested Thursday for allegedly lifting millions in cash, art and jewelry after they used the Internet to learn the layouts of the targeted homes, when the stars would be out at parties, and even what jewelry they would be wearing.

A major break in the thefts, which had been going on for months, came when a security camera at the home of MTV reality star Audrina Patridge captured clear images of the burglars in the act.

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, police said. The five people were all arrested Thursday and booked on charges of residential burglary, with bail set at $50,000 each, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Lee, Ames and Neiers have been released after posting the $50,000 bail.

Another man, Nicholas Prugo, 18, was charged Tuesday with two counts of residential burglary in connection with break-ins at the homes of Lohan and Patridge, KABC-TV reported. LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera told The Associated Press that she didn't know whether the suspects have any links to Prugo, who allegedly stole $170,000 worth of designer jewelry and clothes from Lohan and Patridge.