Calif. teens suspected in celebrity thefts

Oct. 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A group of teen burglars in the area of Calabasas, Calif., targeted Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton and other celebrities, authorities allege.

Nineteen-year-old Rachel Lee is the suspected ringleader of a burglary operation allegedly responsible for a year's worth of thefts from wealthy celebrities' homes, People.com reported Saturday.

Among the other teen suspects are Diana Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, Alexis Neiers, 18, Roy Lopez, Jr., 27, and Nicholas Prugo, 18.

An unidentified source close to the case said the teens allegedly used the Internet and maps of celebrity homes to determine their celebrity targets.

A source close to Lee's family described the teen as someone who grew up with everything she needed.

"Their mom provided everything they needed growing up. She raised them in nice homes," the unidentified source told People magazine.

People said all of the suspects, except Prugo, were arrested Thursday in a sting operation. Prugo was arrested in September and has officially been accused of burglarizing homes belonging to Lohan and reality TV star Audrina Patridge.

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