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Robbed Stars Describe Their Panic over 'Bling Ring' Break-Ins

Robbed Stars Describe Their Panic over 'Bling Ring' Break-Ins
From left: Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton
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08/31/2010 AT 12:25 PM EDT

Six Hollywood stars allegedly burglarized by L.A.'s "Bling Ring" thieves revealed to a grand jury this summer the creeping horror and sense of personal violation they felt upon returning to homes that had been plundered.

Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge and Brian Austin Green each appeared separately before the grand jury, in what would lead to felony indictments for two men and three women. In their testimony, obtained by the Associated Press, the celebrities recounted the details of the home invasions and the losses – financial and emotional – they suffered as a result.

"My front door wasn't locked, and it usually always was," Lohan, 24, said in testimony given two weeks before she herself was sentenced to jail. "My alarm didn't sound, and I usually had to turn it off. And everything that I had was kind of thrown, and everything was pretty much disheveled."





Lohan said a fur coat, two paintings, jewelry and clothing had been taken. But most critically, she had lost her sense of safety. "I just felt, to be honest, so violated and uncomfortable that I literally packed as much stuff as I could," she said. "It wasn't about the things that were taken. It was just the fact that someone came into the only private space that I have in my life at this point."

Bloom, 33, said he was robbed of items worth half a million dollars or more. But he, too, was haunted more by the non-material losses. "It's just awful because you are suddenly second-guessing everything," he told the jury. "You are like, 'Who has been in my house?' You know, the value of things kind of fades away. It's really about who is it, who am I starting to question?"

Paris Topless Photo Stolen

Hilton, 29, who dealt with an alleged would-be intruder just last week, said her jewelry closet was "ransacked" by the thieves, and that a topless photo of her was taken, though it was later recovered.

The burglars were so stealthy at his house, said Green, 37, that he thought at first that the missing items – including a Sig Sauer handgun – had been misplaced, not stolen.

Bilson, 29, who lost items including her mother's engagement ring, said she learned to always be on guard after the break-in. "We have always sort of lived a very, I guess, trusting lifestyle, and we just didn't set the alarm," she said. "I now do, every time I leave the house. Even if it's for 20 minutes."

Based on the testimony, the grand jury indicted Nicholas Frank Prugo, Rachel Lee, Roy Lopez Jr., Courtney Leigh Ames and Diana Tamayo on charges of felony residential burglary. A sixth defendant, Alexis Neiers, took a plea deal and served 30 days in jail.

Authorities say at least $2-million worth of stolen goods was never recovered. The five defendants pleaded not guilty and are due back in court on Sept. 20 for a pretrial conference.



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