Surveillance image from August burglary at Lindsay Lohan's home

Surveillance images from burglary at Lindsay Lohan's home

Los Angeles police have arrested four teenage girls for planning and breaking into the homes of celebrities. Investigators say the quartet of friends researched celebrity magazines, watched television programs and studied Web sites to find articles of jewelry and clothing they hoped to steal. Then they discovered which stars lived where, cased the homes like professional burglars, broke in and stole what they wanted. Detectives have linked the girls to robberies in the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge, and “The O.C.” star Rachel Bilson.?The teens, Rachel Lee, 19; Diana Tamayo, 19; Courtney Ames, 18; and Alexis Neiers, 18, were charged with suspicion of burglary in several of the cases. Two men have also been charged. Nicholas Frank Prugo, 18, was charged with the burglaries of Lohan’s and Patridge’s homes. Ray Lopez, 27, is accused of helping to fence the stolen goods. A third man is also being sought by investigators. Most of the teens were classmates at Indian Hills High School, where rumors about students breaking into celebrity homes circulated weeks before the arrests. At least one of the accused aspired to television stardom. Neiers was scheduled to appear in a reality-TV pilot about aspiring actresses on the E! cable network; she was arrested on the set of the show. Detectives say the spree began in October 2008 and continued until this September. Authorities say the accused burglars would set their eyes on one celebrity at a time; they would learn his or her routines by searching online for photos and for news about their schedules. They chose times when the celebrity was going to be out of town or attending an event. The teens were selective about what they stole: typically jewelry, designer clothing, and accessories. Often the celebrities didn’t realize at first that they had been robbed, assuming they had misplaced the items missing.?The same homes were also hit more than once. Police say the price tag for the stolen merchandise will likely total several million dollars.?Investigators say the break in the case came in September following a break-in at Lohan’s Hollywood Hills (California) home in August. Patridge and Lohan provided police with surveillance footage, which led to Prugo’s arrest.??Lohan’s surveillance video showed three females walking entering at about 1:10 a.m. Police say they have recovered property from the stars’ homes, along with narcotics and three firearms.