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'Bling Ring' member arrested after allegedly violating parole

March 17, 2014|By Richard Winton | This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
  • Nicholas Frank Prugo, right, listens as his attorney Sean Erenstoft addresses the court in 2009.
Nicholas Frank Prugo, right, listens as his attorney Sean Erenstoft addresses… (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images )

One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew, which made headlines for breaking into celebrity homes, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, officials said.

Nicholas Prugo -- a member of a ring of teens and 20-somethings accused of nabbing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories -- was arrested Friday morning. He was being held without bail, police said.

The alleged parole violation comes as his friend was arrested in connection to a murder-for-hire plot involving rival skin-care gurus in West Hollywood.

Prugo is friends with Edward Feinstein, a man arrested for allegedly stalking Dawn DaLuise, a skin-care specialist who was recently charged with soliciting the murder of a rival aesthetician, Gabriel Suarez. She incorrectly believed Suarez was behind a cyber-stalking campaign against her.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau arrested DaLuise before apprehending Feinstein. Authorities alleged it was Feinstein who was stalking DaLuise. 

Sheriff's investigators said they are also looking at a second unnamed suspect in the stalking case, which included fake Craigslist postings encouraging readers to fulfill DaLuise's rape fantasy. 

Prugo, who is on parole after his conviction in the "Bling Ring" crimes, served one year of a two-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree residential burglary.

The Bling Ring case, which was made into a movie by Sofia Coppola starring Emma Watson, occurred over 2008 and 2009, with members targeting the homes of Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox and Paris Hilton, as well as Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge.

[For the Record, 11:43 a.m. PST March 17: An earlier version of this post said Prugo allegedly violated his parole by carrying a firearm. Los Angeles police now say that was not the case. They have declined to divulge how he allegedly violated his parole.]


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