The Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

Members Of "Bling Ring" Plead Not Guilty

Four young adults were put on trial earlier this month for allegedly steeling numerous items from various celebrities. The victims of theft include Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Audrina Patridge.

The four accused include 19 year olds Nicholas Frank Prugo, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Leigh Ames, and 27 year old Roy Lopez Jr., all from Los Angeles County. The suspects have been labeled as members of the “bling ring” but have pleaded not guilty to a number of charges connected to a string of burglaries that net over $3 million in designer clothes, accessories, and jewelry.

Prugo’s criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles has asked that his case be separated from the others since he has a confession to police on the record. According to the Los Angeles Times, Prugo and his attorney Sean Erenstoft met with LAPD detectives on October 6 to “return some stolen items and report information.” He later gave a full confession to the police and implicated the others along with him.

Prugo has been charged with seven of the ten felony burglaries. Prugo’s criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles wanted that Prugo’s case be tried separately from the others particularly because his confession statement has been made public. However, Superior Court Commissioner Donald Kennedy denied attorney Erenstoft’s motion, saying that it was premature.

The alleged celebrity burglars will be back in court on January 21, where a preliminary hearing date will be set.