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Joe Jonas Wannabe Burglar Thwarted ... Home Alarm Comes Thru!

2/12/2018 12:35 AM PST

Joe Jonas has his security system to thank for warding off a potential thief and keeping his name off the list of celebs who've had their homes burglarized ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the DNCE lead singer's home surveillance captured footage of a person outside his San Fernando Valley home around 9 PM Thursday. We're told the prowler was seen messing with the security cams before triggering the alarm ... then taking off.

A member of Joe's crew got a notification of the alarm right afterward and went to the house to check it out. We're told nothing was stolen or damaged so a trespass report was filed, and cops are investigating.

For now, though ... it looks like Joe's security saved him from being the next victim of the Valley's crime wave of celeb burglaries.

We reached out to Jonas ... no word back so far.

Kim Kardashian I'm Still a Little Flashy ... Check Out My Grill!

1/11/2018 7:44 AM PST

Kim Kardashian's grillin' like it's summertime again, and looking like she's dipping back into her old flashy lifestyle.

Kim got herself some new mouth bling after swearing off flaunting jewelry, post Paris robbery. She rocked it proudly for a selfie alongside model and DJ Sita Abellan

The gold mouthpiece, bearing Kim's name, might not be as noticeable as a diamond ring ... but the sucker shines when she smiles.

As we reported, she's not keeping her jewelry collection at the new Hidden Hills mansion for security reasons -- but based on her shiny new grill, Kim's still down to get flossy every now and then. 

Celebrity Burglaries Thieves Target The Valley Multiple Bling Rings in Play

1/6/2018 7:00 AM PST

Kyle Richards, Yasiel Puig, Mariah Carey, Jason Derulo and Scott Disick ... ya know what they have in common? They've all been hit by burglars, and now we know cops have a take on who's doing it.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... most of the celebs have been hit by professional burglars, who know the weak points of a home and how to penetrate them. For example, a number of the break-ins have been through second floor balcony windows, accessed by a ladder. The reason ... many homeowners don't put alarms on second floor doors and windows.

Cops also say there seems to have been a migration ... burglars are now hitting the San Fernando Valley more than the Hollywood area, where the first wave of break-ins occurred. The LAPD is investigating 23 celebrity burglary cases ... of those, 19 occurred in the Valley.  

In case you're interested, the area of the Valley where many of these celebs live is pretty secluded, so it's easy to hit a home, drive to a freeway and get lost among the zillion drivers. 

Now the big question ... Is this like another Bling Ring? Cops tell us the answer is no. There are various, sophisticated groups of burglars hitting posh areas of L.A. Police say there have also been an incredible number of non-celebrity hits. These burglars are looking for nice houses with nice contents ... they're not looking for famous victims.

Still ... hard to imagine a few of these hits were planned after the celeb homeowners posted their out-of-town pics on social media.

Paris Hilton I Only Have Eyes For My Ice!!!

1/3/2018 7:20 AM PST

Paris Hilton can't take her eyes off her new BFF ... and we're not talking about her fiance Chris Zylka.

Paris had a laser lock on the giant 20-carat, $2 million engagement ring Tuesday as the couple took a romantic stroll around Aspen. 

Not on accident -- of this we're sure -- Paris was wearing fingerless gloves, but no glove could hope to contain that gem.

As we reported, Zylka popped the question mid-mountain over New Year's weekend -- and he's probably been competing with the rock for Paris' attention ever since.

They really are a girl's best friend. A really big best friend. 

Notorious Burglar Bunch Member Everyone Knows My Name But I'm Changing all That

7/25/2016 12:30 AM PDT

A member of the infamous Burglar Bunch wants a do-over ... with her name. 

Courtney Ames filed docs to change her name to Courtney Shields. As for why ... she says it's to honor her stepdad. Courtney says Mr. Shields "has been in my life since I was 7 and is more of a father to me than my own father." 

Now there's clearly a bonus, because Courtney Ames is notorious as a member of the burglary ring that targeted a bunch of celebs, including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom.  Her crimes are chronicled all over Google, so the change could get her a job at Walmart for sure.

A judge will decide next month if Courtney becomes Ms. Shields. 

Hart, Disick, Brown, Chyna Targets of New Bling Ring?

6/20/2016 1:00 AM PDT

A 2016 version of the Bling Ring may be prowling Hollywood and other areas where celebs live ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

As we reported, Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Scott Disick and Blac Chyna are among the celebs who have been hit. Our law enforcement sources tell us, there are markers in all of the burglaries that make detectives think the crimes are related.

Most important ... Hart, Brown, Disick and Chyna all run in the same circle ... Kevin not as much as the others. Cops say all 4 were hit when they were out of town. The burglars zeroed in on jewelry and, when there were large sums of cash in a safe, the bad guys knew exactly where to look. 

Cops believe the burglars may know their targets, and cops are worried this is just the beginning. We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. that covers Calabasas and Hidden Hills has put the word out to LAPD's Hollywood division to be on the lookout for the burglars, especially in the hills.

We're told so far ... no suspects.

'Bling Ring' Leader Miley's Burglars Are Idiots!!

9/24/2014 8:49 AM PDT

Miley Cryus was burglarized by halfwit amateurs who had no business breaking into the star's home -- this according to one of the masterminds of Hollywood's Bling Ring robberies.

Nick Prugo -- who served prison time for his famed string of celebrity heists --  tells TMZ he's not impressed by Naomi Charles and Tylor Scott ... who said the Bling Ring inspired them to break into Miley's house.

Prugo calls them "morons" ... and says if they learned anything from the Bling Ring, "it should've been that stealing is wrong and karma always comes back around."

Hindsight -- Prugo's is pretty good.

Nick Prugo Bling Ring Ringleader Sentenced to Jail ... Again

3/28/2014 5:17 PM PDT

Nick Prugo
-- who masterminded the Bling Ring string of heists on L.A. celebs -- has just been sentenced to 160 days in jail for violating his parole.

TMZ broke the story ... Nick got dragged into a murder-for-hire case involving the skin care specialist to the stars, who allegedly solicited a former Detroit Lions' player to kill one of her competitors.

When the skin care lady was arrested, she dropped a dime on Nick, telling cops she was friends with him and he had left California in violation of his parole.

Nick served prison time for his role in the Bling Ring cases. 

In the current case ... the judge mentioned that Nick may have also committed credit card fraud.

History repeats itself.

'Bling Ring' Leader Arrested Murder-For-Hire Suspect Ratted Him Out

3/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT

10:10 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... contrary to a report ... Prugo was NOT in possession of a gun.

The guy who masterminded the "Bling Ring" robberies was arrested Friday ... after the skin specialist to the stars charged in a murder-for-hire plot dropped a dime on him.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Dawn DaLuise was interviewed by cops after she was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire a member of the Detroit Lions to kill the owner of a rival skin shop.   During the interrogation she sang like a canary.

Our sources say Dawn told cops she was being harassed online by a man named Edward Feinstein -- who she claims posted several fake online personal ads under her name.

According to sources ... Dawn told cops Feinstein's roommate was none other than Nick Prugo -- and said he recently violated parole by traveling out of state without permission.

Law enforcement sources tell us after Prugo's name came up -- officials investigated information and arrested him on the violation.

Prugo is NOT accused of any involvement in the murder-for-hire plot.

He remains in jail with no bail.

Paris Hilton Wannabe Bling Ring Tried to Burgle Me!

8/4/2013 12:30 AM PDT

Paris Hilton suffered a case of deja vu all over again when a pack of chicks snuck into her casa and tried to steal her stuff -- but rather than make off with millions like the "bling ring" ... these crooks failed miserably.

Sources tell TMZ ... the attempted snatch job went down when Paris threw herself a going away party at her Malibu beach house last weekend -- the send-off before she jetted to Ibiza.

We're told a group of random girls crashed the party, snuck into P's bedroom, and tried to jack bikinis, Paris Hilton handbags and framed pics. Not exactly primo swag.

Problem is ... we're told the banditos got spooked when someone spotted them, and while making their getaway ... they dropped all the loot.

A valet found the goods down the road from Paris' house and turned it all over to cops.

Paris' driver picked up the stuff. No police report was filed.

Not exactly Sofia Coppola material.

Burglar Bunch Ringleader Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

10/25/2011 11:37 AM PDT

Rachel Lee
-- the mastermind behind the infamous Burglar Bunch gang -- has been sentenced to 4 years in prison ... for raiding Audrina Patridge's Hollywood Hills home back in 2009.

21-year-old Lee pleaded no contest to one count of first degree residential burglary last month ... after she was accused of entering Patridge's home through an unlocked door on the night of the Academy Awards.

Lee was accused of taking around $43k worth of items from the home -- including Audrina's passport, various pieces of jewelry, a laptop and designer jeans.

4 other members of the gang are still awaiting trial for allegedly taking part in burglarizing the homes of Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan between Sept. 2008 and August 2009.

Another fun fact -- Lee was sentenced to precisely the same prison term Conrad Murray will get if the book is thrown at him.

Burglar Bunch Reunites ... for Indictment

7/2/2010 3:45 PM PDT
Nearly all the alleged members of the Burglar Bunch were back in court today -- after getting indicted by the L.A. County Grand Jury for a string of celebrity burglaries.

Nick Prugo, Rachel Lee, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Leigh Ames and Roy Lopez Jr. were all indicted on the following charges:

Prugo -- Seven counts of first-degree residential burglary, one count conspiracy
Lee -- Two counts of first-degree residential burglary, two counts receiving stolen property, one count conspiracy
Tamayo -- One count first-degree residential burglary, one count receiving stolen property, one count conspiracy
Ames -- One count first-degree residential burglary, two counts receiving stolen property, one count conspiracy
Lopez Jr. -- One count first-degree residential burglary, one count receiving stolen property, one count conspiracy

The group has already been charged by the D.A. with the various crimes against Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green, Audrina Patridge, and Rachel Bilson.

Sources say prosecutors were fed up with the objections by defense lawyers over the preliminary hearing, so the D.A. took the case to the Grand Jury.  Now the case will go straight to trial, without a preliminary hearing.

They're all due back in court on August 12.

Meanwhile ... in a jail nearby ... Burglar Bunch member Alexis Neiers is currently serving her six-month sentence.

'Pretty Wild' Star Heads into Court ... Then Jail

6/24/2010 12:15 PM PDT
"Pretty Wild" star and Burglar Bunch member Alexis Neiers just walked into an L.A. court a free woman ... and will soon walk out an inmate of the L.A. County jail.

Neiers -- who pled no contest in May to the burglary of Orlando Bloom's home -- was sentenced to spend six months behind bars. Today, she is turning herself in to authorities to begin her sentence.

According to a detective's testimony back in December, Neiers admitted to being drunk the night of the burglary ... and said she threw up and peed in Orlando's bushes.

UPDATE 9:59 AM PT: The judge just ordered Alexis to spend 180 days behind bars -- as expected -- with 4 days credit. Her parents stood up and waved goodbye. Alexis will be heading to the women's jail in Lynwood, CA -- the same place Paris Hilton spent time behind bars in 2007.

UPDATE 9:15 AM PT: Alexis -- along with her mother and father -- are in court.

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