teen girls arrested in celebrity home burglaries

Asian behaving badly... celebrity home burglary edition! 19-year-old Rachel J. Lee, arrested along with several other women last week in a sting operation, is believed to be the mastermind behind recent break-ins at the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Orlando Bloom: Fashion-Obsessed Woman Behind Paris and Lindsay Break-Ins.

According to Los Angeles police detectives, the group studied television shows, celebrity magazines and websites picking out clothing and jewelry they wanted. Then they figured out where the celebrities lived and, after casing the homes, broke in and took what they wanted. More dirt here: Lindsanity/Audrina Burglar Update! The Real Thieving Master Mind Identified!

The alleged burglars would apparently focus on one star at a time, learning about his or her movements and routines by searching the Internet for paparazzi photos and news about schedules. The suspects were selective about what they took: usually thousands of dollars in jewelry, designer clothing and accessories.

Among those arrested last week were Courtney Ames, 18, Diana Tamayo, 19, and Alexis Neirs, 18. Ames and Neirs have since been released on $50,000 bail. Both Lee and Tamayo were previously arrested July 29 for shoplifting at a Sephora beauty store in the San Fernando Valley. More here: Teen girls arrested in break-ins at homes of Lohan, Hilton and other young celebrities.

Something about this whole situation strikes me as extremely sad. It's one thing to observe the "celebrity" lifestyle and be obsessed with it. But being so obsessed that you're willing to literally steal from said celebrities? Kind of pathetic.

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