30 September 2011

Bling ring member pleads no contest in celebrity burglary (Celebrities news headlines)

'Bling ring' member pleads no contest in celebrity burglary
Los Angeles Times reported

A member of the so-called "bling ring" accused of breaking into celebrity homes and making off with $3 million in jewels, art and watches pleaded no contest Friday to the burglary of reality star Audrina Patridge's house.

Rachel Lee, 21, pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary before Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler and is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison as part of the plea bargain, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property. Items belonging to Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom were recovered from Lee's family home in Las Vegas.

Four members of the alleged burglary ring are still awaiting trial. Lee has been described as the second-in-command of the crew.

The ring is accused of stealing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories from the homes of Bloom, Lohan, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin-Green and Megan Fox, Ashley Tisdale and Patridge between September 2008 and August 2009, police say. Hilton, Lohan and Bloom all testified before a Los Angeles County Grand Jury in the case against five reputed members of the "bling ring," who authorities say repeatedly broke into the stars' Hollywood Hills homes. Bilson's home was burglarized three times and Hilton's twice.
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