"bling ring" burglar pleads no contest

Remember Rachel Lee, one of the alleged masterminds behind the so-called "bling ring"? She and her accomplices were accused of targeting wealthy celebrities, breaking into their homes and making off with millions in luxury goods and accessories.

Last week, Lee appeared in court and pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary in the 2009 break-in of reality star Audrina Patridge's house. She is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison as part of a plea bargain: 'Bling ring' member pleads no contest in celebrity burglary
Prosecutors agreed to drop a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property. Items belonging to Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom were recovered from Lee's family home in Las Vegas.

Four members of the alleged burglary ring are still awaiting trial. Lee has been described as the second-in-command of the crew.

The ring is accused of stealing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories from the homes of Bloom, Lohan, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin-Green and Megan Fox, Ashley Tisdale and Patridge between September 2008 and August 2009, police say. Hilton, Lohan and Bloom all testified before a Los Angeles County Grand Jury in the case against five reputed members of the "bling ring," who authorities say repeatedly broke into the stars' Hollywood Hills homes. Bilson's home was burglarized three times and Hilton's twice.
I love that Rachel Lee is described as the second-in-command of the crew. I don't know what's worse -- simply being involved with something this stupid, or being second-in-command of something this stupid. More here: Woman faces prison in LA celebrity burglary ring.

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