Thursday, February 04, 2010

They were like kids in a candy store. Hollywood's "Bling Ring" teenage burglary crew had a taste for a life filled with luxury goods, pricey jewels and high-end fashion. But instead of earning it, they just went out and took it -- plundering the homes of celebrities to the tune of $3 million. "You grabbed a suitcase and filled it up with whatever you wanted," accused ring member Nick Prugo, 18, told Vanity Fair, in his first interview since the group was broken up last fall. The teens, who hailed from a well-to-do LA suburb, allegedly targeted the manses of a slew of Hollywood celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, "The O.C." star Rachel Bilson and "The Hills" actress Audrina Patridge. The crew allegedly stuffed their loot sacks with millions in jewels and designer clothes from Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Gucci, Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent. Prugo said that he and his main cohort, 19-year-old former reform-school girl Rachel Lee, saw their heists as simply "going shopping" for the kind of A-list lifestyle they saw on television. ~TODD VENEZIA, NY Post
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