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Former Food Network Chef Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Former Food Network Chef Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Originally posted 05/16/2010 01:00PM

Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz has gone from cooking to central booking.

Santa Monica police arrested Cruz, 48, on May 13 for solicitation to commit murder after uncovering a scheme in which he allegedly approached homeless men and asked them to kill someone.

According to reports, at least one of the men allegedly contacted by Cruz informed police of the plot. Law enforcement immediately launched a week-long undercover operation and arrested Cruz on Thursday at a local dog park.

Cruz's intended target – whose identity has yet to be revealed – has been notified of the plot, police said. Authorities have also yet to indicate a motive.

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Susan Boyle Comes Home to Find an Intruder | Susan Boyle

UpdatePosted 01/27/2010 09:30AM

Susan Boyle Comes Home to Find an Intruder

Originally posted 01/27/2010 08:40AM

Susan Boyle returned to her home in Scotland to find something she didn't expect – an intruder, police have confirmed to PEOPLE.

The singer was entering her house in Blackburn, West Lothian, late Tuesday when the unexpected guest ran out past her.

A police statement said Wednesday, "Lothian and Borders Police were called to an address in Blackburn at around 9:50 p.m. yesterday following reports of a disturbance. A man was detained in connection with the incident and released without charge pending further inquiries."

Boyle's rep also said Wednesday: "Last night, Susan returned home with a friend and found an intruder in her house. She was shocked but unharmed."

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INSIDE STORY: From High School Students to Celebrity Burglars

INSIDE STORY: From High School Students to Celebrity Burglars

Originally posted 10/24/2009 05:45PM

By all appearances Rachel Lee, Diana Tamayo and Nicholas Prugo were typical teenagers, living in and around the affluent community of Calabasas, Calif., which is home to many Hollywood stars.

But according to authorities and sources, these teens and their circle of friends had a darker side – having launched into a year-long crime spree that targeted celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge and Orlando Bloom in which thousands of dollars of designer clothes, jewelry, bags and other luxury items were taken.

All fingers point to 19-year-old Lee as the alleged ringleader, who had an apparent fascination with Hollywood fashion. In a sting operation Thursday, Lee, Tamayo, 19, Courtney Ames, 18, Alexis Neiers, 18, and Roy Lopez, Jr., 27, were all arrested in connection to the crimes. Nicholas Prugo, 18, was arrested last month and has been formally accused of the Lohan and Patridge burglaries. The gang allegedly located the addresses of celebrities using Hollywood star maps and the Internet, and calculated when the stars wouldn't be home based on their appearance schedules, a source close to the case tells PEOPLE.

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