What be­came of the in­fa­mous Bling Ring 10 years later


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They tar­geted the homes of Hol­ly­wood stars, steal­ing roughly $4.2 mil­lion-plus in cash and be­long­ings from Paris Hil­ton, Or­lando Bloom, Rachel Bil­son and many more between 2008 and 2009.

But when teens and twen­tysome­things Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Alexis Neiers, Court­ney Ames and Di­ana Ta­mayo were ar­rested, they be­came house­hold names and were dubbed the Bling Ring. Their in­fa­mous an­tics be­came the fo­cus of a book and two movies, but it was at­ten­tion not all of them wanted.

Sev­eral re­treated from the spot­light, while oth­ers served time – a ‘bless­ing in dis­guise’ ac­cord­ing to Rachel, 27. ‘As a teen, I was chas­ing love in all the wrong places, and by the time I re­alised, it was too late and I was in prison,’ she tells. ‘It made me re­alise you can only trust your­self.’

Alexis (whose ar­rest was fea­tured on her E! se­ries Pretty Wild) also found a sil­ver lin­ing in the ex­pe­ri­ence – so­bri­ety. The mum-of-two is now a coun­sel­lor at Alo House Re­cov­ery Cen­tre in Mal­ibu, and is com­mit­ted to help­ing oth­ers over­come ad­dic­tion.

Their co-de­fen­dants have moved on as well. ‘Nick is in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship,’ one source tells. While an­other says, ‘Di­ana is a per­sonal trainer and hap­pily mar­ried.’

The for­mer Bling Ring mem­bers have put the past be­hind them and ac­knowl­edged their mis­takes. ‘I was a drug ad­dict who messed up her life,’ says Alexis, 27, ‘and thank­fully, de­cided to turn it all around.’ If she could do it all over again, Rachel says, ‘I would’ve made the right choices in­stead of the wrong ones. I would’ve changed a lot.’

Ac­cord­ing to the mem­bers, Rachel was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the crime spree.

Her fa­ther’s Las Ve­gas home was raided by po­lice in 2009, where al­most $30,000 in jeans and pho­to­graphs of ho­tel heiress Paris were found. ‘Prugo stated that it was Lee who would sug­gest a tar­get and that he would surf the in­ter­net to learn where the celebrity lived as well as the tar­get’s travel itin­er­ary,’ a po­lice search war­rant stated.

Paris alone had $2.8 mil­lion in jew­ellery stolen in mul­ti­ple break-ins, while Or­lando Bloom was paid al­most $1 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion from Alexis af­ter she robbed him of Rolex watches and Louis Vuit­ton lug­gage. In to­tal, the group stole more than $4.2 mil­lion worth of pos­ses­sions from A-lis­ters.


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