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Burglar Bunch Warrants Turned Up Guns, Drugs

10/24/2009 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Six search warrants were issued before five suspected members of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch were arrested on Thursday -- and not only does the LAPD say they found a bunch of stolen property, they found guns and drugs as well.



Cops say the search warrants were issued in L.A., Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Las Vegas -- and during one of the searches, "three firearms and a large amount of narcotics" were found.

Cops also say property recovered during the searches "was among that stolen during a series of burglaries committed at the residences of well known celebrities."

Alleged Burglar Bunch Mastermind

Out of Jail

10/24/2009 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

rachel-1The 19-year-old who cops suspect is the ring leader of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch is back on the streets.

Rachel Lee posted bail last night in Clark County, Nevada -- where she was arrested on Thursday for possession of stolen property.

As we first reported ... sources tell us when Lee was busted, cops seized a number of items that may have been taken from the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel Bilson.

We're told Lee denied being involved in any of the burglaries.

Suspect Throws Burglar Bunch Under the Bus

10/24/2009 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

One of the suspects in the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch is already turning on her fellow suspects -- blaming everyone but herself for the celebrity stealing spree.

TMZ spoke with Alexis Neiers, aka Alexis Taylor, who wasted no time pointing her finger at suspect Nick Prugo saying, "I know for a fact Nick did all of these burglaries. He did every single burglary, he told me this after the police let him go. Nick is blaming people, trying to get the blame off himself."

Alexis then described the roles of the other four suspects, "Rachel Lee was his main accomplice and they brought Diana Tamayo into this. Diana, Nick and Rachel did the burglaries together. Roy Lopez was the one who sold the stuff they had taken ... and he's friends with Courtney Ames and that's why she was arrested."

Alexis finished up by explaining how she got caught up in the investigation, saying "The only reason they came to my house was because they thought I was holding property for Nick, they even searched my house and found nothing. I'm innocent in all of this and feel terrible for all the people who got robbed."

Burglary Suspects -- No Strangers to Stealing

10/24/2009 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two suspected members of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch have been busted for stealing before -- but instead of knocking off filthy rich celebs, they jacked a ton of stuff from a cosmetic store instead.



Rachel Lee -- who cops believe is the mastermind behind the Burglar Bunch -- and Diana Tamayo were convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting on August 20, 2009 for stealing products from a Sephora in Los Angeles.

They were let go with a slap on the wrist -- some fines and probation -- but don't expect the same treatment if they're convicted for the new stealing spree.

Cops:

Burglar Bunch

'Master Mind' Identified

10/23/2009 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1023_rachel_lee_ex_tmz-1TMZ has learned cops suspect 19-year-old Rachel Lee is the "master mind" of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch.

Lee was arrested in Las Vegas yesterday -- and law enforcement sources tell us she is suspected of organizing a plan to steal cash, jewelry, clothing, luggage, purses and other personal items from several major Hollywood celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel Bilson.

We're told when Lee was busted, cops impounded a variety of items from her father's Las Vegas home -- including two laptops, photographs of a partially nude woman, photographs of Lee's friends, more than two hundred $100 bills, a Korean passport and a vial of marijuana.

Sources also tell us cops found a series of items that may have been taken from various celebrity homes. The items include a hat linked to Lindsay Lohan, jeans linked to Rachel Bilson and partially nude photographs linked to Paris Hilton ... no surprise there.

We've learned Lee told the arresting officers she discovered she was a "person of interest" in the case from "watching TMZ."

We're told Lee has denied being involved in any of the burglaries. She's currently behind bars in a Clark County, Nevada jail.

Paris Hilton:

Diamonds are

Burglar's Best Friend

10/23/2009 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton may be one of the victims of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, and the data TMZ obtained from the computer of Nick Prugo -- one of the alleged members -- seems to back that up.



Take a look at this Google search from the computer Prugo was using while celeb homes were being hit. It shows two searches for "paris hilton diamond watch."

Paris' home was burglarized in December, 2008. She says $2 million in jewelry and other belongings were taken. Paris went to the LAPD Hollywood Division today at 2:30 AM to retrieve some of the stuff.

Burglar Bunch to Lindsay: Watch This!

10/23/2009 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan's stolen watch may have reappeared -- possibly on the arm of one of the people accused of taking it.

Lohan watch
As we've already told you we got the data from the computer Nick Prugo had used during the alleged spree of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch.

One of the images is a Google search for Lindsay Lohan/Blue Rolex. There's also a Google image search for Lindsay Lohan Rolex.

Police believe one of the celebrity targets was Lindsay Lohan. She had watches, among other items stolen from her home.

The image above is from the same computer, showing someone sporting a blue Rolex. One of Lindsay's reps says it well could be LiLo's watch.

If true, the Burglar Bunch is both bold and stupid for the photographic braggadocio.

5th Burglar Bunch

Suspect Arrested

10/23/2009 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned a fifth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with the burglaries of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge's homes -- 27-year-old Roy Lopez.


Law enforcement sources tell us Lopez -- who we're told works as a bouncer at a bar in Calabasas, CA -- was also booked for felony burglary and his bail was set at $50,000.

As we first reported, the other four suspects -- Rachel Lee, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames and Alexis Neiers -- were also arrested yesterday.

Nick Prugo -- who was arrested back in September -- has already been charged with two counts of felony burglary.

4th Burglar Bunch Suspect Arrested in Nevada

10/23/2009 11:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned 19-year-old Rachel Lee was arrested yesterday in Clark County, Nevada for possession of stolen property -- in connection with the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch string of celebrity heists.

4th Burglar Bunch Suspect Arrested in Nevada

Lee is still behind bars -- bail has been set at $3,000.

Burglar Bunch Map

Targets Orlando Bloom

10/23/2009 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained computer data that seems to link the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch to several stars whose homes were hit.

Burglar Bunch Map Targets Orlando Bloom
Take a look at this Google Map, isolating the Hollywood Hills home of Orlando Bloom (see yellow thumbtack). The Map was on a computer used by suspected burglar Nick Prugo. Bloom's home was burglarized on July 15 and hundreds of thousands of dollars in watches were stolen. Law enforcement sources tell us they believe the Burglar Bunch hit Bloom's home, in addition to a string of other celebs in the Hollywood Hills. The Map could be a smoking gun.

Nick Prugo and the other suspects used the computer to store photos and videos, showing off jewelry and possibly plotting various burglaries. The computer in question had been stolen from a Los Angeles businessman ... cops believe it was stolen by the Burglar Bunch. The LAPD seized the computer -- but it appeared to have been completely scrubbed so it was returned to the owner.

The owner, however, hired a computer expert who was able to recover a treasure trove of possible evidence linking the Burglar Bunch to various star victims.

Prugo, along with three other women, have been arrested in connection with the burglaries of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge, both of whom had jewelry stolen from their homes.

Third Burglary Suspect Identified -- 2 Bail Out

10/23/2009 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We now know the third person arrested in connection with the burglaries of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge's home -- 18-year old Alexis Neiers.

Ames, Tamayo & Neirs: Click to watch
TMZ shot Alexis (right), Diana Tamayo (center) and Courtney Ames (left) as cops brought them into Van Nuys jail in the back of a cruiser last night -- after the trio was arrested for felony burglary.

Ames and Neiers were released after posting $50,000 bail. On the way out, Ames denied any wrongdoing while Neiers said "I didn't do jack s**t, it's a joke." Tamayo is still in custody.

Story developing ...

Alleged Lohan/Patridge Burglars Identified

10/22/2009 11:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've learned the identities of two people who were arrested today in connection with the burglaries of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge's homes -- and they may also be responsible for hitting the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom ... and now Rachel Bilson.



Law enforcement sources tell TMZ 18-year-old Courtney Ames and 19-year-old Diana Tamayo were both arrested today for felony burglary. They are believed to be connected to 18-year-old Nick Prugo -- who has already been charged with two counts of felony residential burglary.

Bail for both Ames and Tamayo has been set at $50,000.

Prugo Gang May Have Hit Bloom, Hilton

10/22/2009 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the homes of Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton may have also been hit by Nick Prugo and his band of alleged burglars.



Bloom's Hollywood home was hit back in July -- cops say $500,000 in jewelry was taken.

Hilton's Hollywood Hills home was burglarized in December 2008 -- she reported roughly $2 million worth of missing stuff.

We're also told there may be more celeb victims involved.

Sources also tell TMZ three people have been detained and are being questioned by LAPD detectives right now -- the group does not include Prugo.

Story developing ...

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