Now that Sofia Coppola’s film, The Bling Ring, has hit theaters, here are some of the facts associated with what Nancy Jo Sales – the author whose Vanity Fair article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins” inspired the film – calls “the audacious burglary gang in recent Hollywood history–accused of stealing more than $3 million in clothing and jewelry from Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and other stars–appears to be a bunch of club-hopping Valley kids, motivated by vanity and celebrity-worship.” The bunch have all since been charged with various counts of residential burglary; some members were also charged with weapons and drug possession.
ALEXIS NEIERS (Top, Right)
Burglar-turned-reality television figure (she starred in E!’s reality show, Pretty Wild), Alexis Neiers is the star of Coppola’s film. Neiers, who is now married with a newborn baby, has spoken out against the film, repeatedly claiming that it is inaccurate.
Sentence: She pled no contest to felony burglary charges involving actor Orlando Bloom’s house. Sentenced to 180 days in jail; served 30 days in jail (reportedly in a cellblock next to victim Lindsay Lohan) with three years of probation and $600,000 restitution to Orland Bloom.
NICK PRUGO (Bottom, Left)
“He confessed to crimes we didn’t even know he committed,” Officer Brett Goodkin, the lead investigator in the Bling Ring case, said to Nancy Jo Sales in her Vanity Fair piece about the crimes. The first of the gang to be taken into custody by police, Prugo reportedly not only talked to the police “for hours” and admitted just about everything – he revealed numerous crimes that the police were unaware of and the individuals that were involved.
Prugo’s initial desire to show-off is part of what got him caught in the first place: Facebook photos revealing the crew showing off their stolen wares is partially what led police their way in the first place. After initially appearing on several talk shows, including Good Morning America, he now refuses to speak to the press.
Sentence: He pled no contest to two counts of first-degree residential burglary involving break-ins at the homes of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge. This past April, he was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail, but was released just two weeks later due to good behavior and work credit.
RACHEL JUNGEON LEE (Top, Left)
Rachel Lee was the mastermind and leader of the Bling Ring, according to pieced-together testimony from the various members. Reportedly obsessed with celebrities and reality television stars, particularly their clothing and lifestyles, Lee put together the gang to target the stars she idolized, namely, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Audrina Patridge, among others. She was living in Las Vegas with her father when the ring was broken up.
Sentence: She pled no contest to robbing Audrina Patridge’s home and received a sentence of 4 years in state prison – the longest sentence of all of the individuals involved. Lee served two of four years and was released in late March for good behavior for involvement in a program in which inmates are trained for disaster relief.
COURTNEY AMES (Bottom, Center)
The former girlfriend of unofficial Bling Ring member Jonathan Ajar, Ames grabbed headlines during her trial after wearing a necklace that apparently belonged to Lindsay Lohan to court. Ames is currently attending Pierce College in Woodland Hills. According to her lawyer, she is taking classes in psychology, speech, and child development.
Sentence: She pled no contest to receiving a jacket stolen from Paris Hilton. Sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days of community service. Like other members, Ames got a light sentence when it was discovered that Brett Goodkin, an investigator in the case, had allegedly consulted on Coppola’s movie without getting clearance from his superiors.
ROY LOPEZ, JR. (Bottom, Right)
Reportedly roped in by Courtney Ames with whom he worked at a restaurant in Calabasas, Lopez is the one who stole about $2 million of Paris Hilton’s jewelry (all later returned). He has reportedly since moved to Texas.
Sentence: He pled no contest to receiving stolen property. Sentenced to three years of probation and was given credit for the 100 days he had already served in jail.
JONATHAN AJAR (Top, Second from the right)
Not officially a member of the Bling Ring, Ajar, who is played by musician Gavin Rossdale in Coppola’s film, was linked romantically to Courtney Ames and was responsible for selling all of the stolen goods (that the members opted not to keep). When he was busted in 2009, he already had an extensive criminal record that included both drugs and guns and served jail time. Before that he had been a popular party promoter and drug dealer.
From the looks of Ajar’s social media sites, he’s still keeping up appearances: dining at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, buying Rolex watches, and toting Louis Vuitton bags.
Sentence: Ajar was technically not part of the D.A.’s official “Bling Ring” case and was charged separately. He pled no contest to possession of cocaine for sale, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of receiving stolen property from the Bling Ring. He was sentenced in 2010 to three years. However, he has been out of jail since March 2011.
DIANA TAMAYO (Top, Second from the left)
An undocumented immigrant, Tamayo was reportedly an asset to the gang, as she was small enough to crawl through the doggy doors at various celebrities’ homes.
Sentence: She pled no contest to residential burglary for robbing actress Lindsay Lohan’s house. She was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days of community service.