One of four teenagers arrested in connection with a string of burglaries that breached the homes of local celebrities was working on a pilot for the E! network, according to the channel's news site.
Alexis Neirs, 18, says she didn't do anything wrong besides choosing the wrong crowd with which to run. “This is a difficult time for my family and myself and I can't wait for all of this to be cleared up,” Neirs told E! News. “I've learned my lesson that I need to make some better friends and some better decisions as far as my friends go.”
Her lawyer says the arrest and whatever might have led up to it had nothing to do with the show, which would have also included her family. E! News says the show “has potentially been jeopardized by her arrest.” (Hmm, so the E! publicity staff isn't handing out high fives over this?).
As we told you yesterday, the woman and three other teenage friends, along with an 27-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. At the time police were mum on any connection to the burglaries of the homes of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge.
But the Los Angeles Times today reports that cops now say the five above, along with 18-year-old Nicholas Prugo, were, in fact, suspected in a ring of burglaries targeting not only those two stars, but also the homes of movie Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson (of the late Fox show The O.C.). All of the suspects are free on bail, which ranged from $50,000 to $100,000.
Detectives said the teens learned about the rich-and-famous stars through media and wanted to a piece of that kind of life. An attorney for some of the defendants blamed “paparazzi shots and magazine coverage” that exposed the teens to “the private homes, schools and personal possessions of stars.”
Authorites told the Times they believe the suspects targeted specific stars and then conducted research about where they lived. Most of the teens met at Indian Hills High School, a continuation campus in Agoura Hills that was described on one television newscast as a last resort for students who were bad seeds.