• Wed, Dec 2 2009

Celebrity burglar ring member to stand trial

A Los Angeles judge said Tuesday in court there is enough evidence for alleged celebrity burglar Alexis Neiers, 18, to stand trial on a charge that she burglarized the home of actor Orlando Bloom, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Judge Darrell Mavis issued his decision after LAPD officials testified that Neiers admitted entering the actor’s home July 13, and they found stolen items belonging to actresses Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan in her home. The officials also testified another alleged burglar identified her in a security video, the story said.

Lindsay’s home was burglarized in late August.

Neirs’ attorney Susan Morris Haber said her client “lacks intent” because she was intoxicated and did not realize what was happening until it she saw others ransacking the house and then demanded to leave. The judge rejected her argument, the LA Times reported.

LAPD Officer Brett Goodkin testified that another alleged ring member, Nicholas Prugo, 18, identified Neiers as one of four hooded people seen on a security video entering Bloom’s Hollywood Hills home. Prugo has been charged with seven burglaries, the LA Times said.

Among the goods found at Neirs’ home was Lohan’s black-and-white Chanel necklace found in Neirs’ younger sister’s bedroom and Bilson’s Marc Jabobs handbag, Goodkin testified, according to the LA Times.

The two other alleged ring members are Diane Tamayo, 19, and Rachel Lee, 18. Tamayo has been charged in the case. Lee was arrested in Las Vegas but has not been charged.

LAPD Det. Jose Alvarez testified that Neiers admitted being there with Prugo and two other women but claimed that she did not conceal her identity, the story said. Neirs said she thought they were going to the house to recover Lee’s clothing from a friend and that she demanded to be taken home after she became violently ill and vomited outside, Alvarez said, according to the LA Times.

Neirs did admit to helping Prugo remove a large leather bag, Alvarez testified, but said she did not take property.

Goodkin said most of the more than $3 million in stolen items were recovered from Prugo.

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