• Wed, Oct 28 2009

Celebrity burglary suspects charged

The celebrity burglary ring suspected of breaking into Lindsay Lohan’s home as well as other celebrities were charged Wednesday by Los Angeles prosecutors, according to People.

Rachel Lee, 19, Diana Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, Alexis Neiers, 18, and Roy Lopez, Jr., 27, were all arrested in connection to the crimes. Nicholas Prugo, 18, was arrested last month and has been formally accused of the Lohan and Audrina Patridge burglaries.

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Prosecutors charged Prugo Wednesday with five more felony counts of first-degree burglary for a total of seven; Tamayo with two counts; and Ames, Neiers and Lopez with one count each, according to People.

Prosecutors estimate that more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories were stolen between late 2008 and September 2009, but have declined to formally charge Lee for now, pending further investigation, People reported.

LAPD also announced that other celebrities were burglarized, including
Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale.

Paris Hilton, Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Patridge and Orlando Bloom were previously confirmed as burglary victims, People said.

A source told People that Green and Fox did not realize they were burglarized until Green’s stolen handgun was retrieved from one of the suspect’s homes. Police traced the gun back to Green, who realized a Rolex Submariner watch had been stolen.

The source said the burglary ring conducted surveillance on other celebrity homes including Zac Efron and DJ AM’s residences.

SPL135389_002The LAPD added a seventh suspect called “Johnny Dangerously” is on the run. Convicted drug trafficking felon, Jonathan Ajar, 27, is considered armed and dangerous, and is believed to be hiding out in the Phoenix, Ariz., area, according to People.

LAPD showed a photo Wednesday of 80 pieces of jewelry belonging to Hilton that were allegedly recovered from Ajar’s home, People reported.

Hilton has since recovered most of her stolen items. The source confirms that Bilson has also gotten some of her lost possessions back.

I hope Lindsay’s belongings are eventually returned as well.

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