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The Hollywood Bling Ring

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Soon, he told Good Morning America, "it escalated into homes, celebrity homes, and it became really big, really fast. I don't think any of us realized how severe it was until we actually got caught and it came to light... It wasn't OK, it definitely wasn't OK."

The crew allegedly settled on Paris Hilton as their first target, said Prugo, because she seemed dumb. He said they robbed Paris' house five times, and had been at her mansion several times before she called police in December 2008. She had indeed made it easy for themshe even left a key under the mat. He told Good Morning America: "Like, who would leave a door unlocked? Who would leave a lot of money lying around?"

And the haul was impressive. According to ABC News, the loot included everything from perfume to designer handbags, multiple laptops and fistfuls of diamond and gold jewelry. According to another search warrant for Lee's apartment, police found a Toshiba laptop, three photos of Paris Hilton, two pairs of jeans, one HP laptop, one white hat and another desktop computer.

Jonathan Ajar
Jonathan Ajar
Search warrants revealed the extent of the take: True Religion jeans, a Montblac watch, a diamond-encrusted Cartier watch, Gucci eyeglasses, a Blackberry, a wedding band, purses from Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, among others, and, in addition to the diamond, gold and platform rings, the police raid netted a bag of loose diamonds, totaling 42.94 karats.

A picture of the jewelry stolen from Paris Hilton showcased a plethora of glittering baublesgiant bracelets covered in gems, watches and necklaces, earrings; gold, ruby, silver, and other colors twinkle in the light. It looks like the inside of a treasure chest. Most of the stuff was ultimately recovered from the residence of one Jonathan Ajar.

In October, police named a seventh suspect, Jonathan Ajarwho went by the nickname of Johnny Dangerous. At 27 years old he was the oldest of the Bunch; and he appeared to be the most menacing of the bunch. The police executed a search warrant on his house. Drug paraphernalia and guns were also allegedly foundincluding bottles of prescription drugs favored by celebrities, including Clonazepen, Lexapro and Oxycodone.

He turned himself in a few days later and was charged with 10 felonies, including possession of firearms and illegal drugs. Ajar already had a record: he'd been convicted of attempting to sell cocaine in 2002 and had done time in a Wyoming state prison. Unlike the other suspects, Ajar had a serious criminal career. According to The New York Times, he had met the group via his job as a club promoter.

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