An 18-year-old Calabasas man was charged today in connection with break-ins at the Hollywood Hills homes of actresses Audrina Patridge and Lindsay Lohan.
Nicholas Frank Prugo faces two counts of first-degree residential burglary in the February and August burglaries in which he allegedly stole more than $170,000 worth of jewelry and designer clothes.
He was arrested last month and released in lieu of $100,000 bail. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted on all counts and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 11 at the downtown L.A. criminal courthouse.
Prugo, who is unemployed, is believed to be one of three people, including two unidentified women, who entered Lohan's home through an unlocked door and ransacked it before leaving with undisclosed property, police said.
Video surveillance showed Prugo at Lohan's home, police said. That footage, as well as video from Patridge's home and other evidence, led authorities to the suspect, police said.
While I am pleased that they caught the guy, were the two homes targeted just because they were the homes of celebrities? That really isn't clear here. Residential break-ins being what they are, you hope that it was a coincidence, not a specific targeting of their homes just because they happen to be owned by famous people. Besides the value of what was taken, you have the possibility of having computers or cell phones being taken--what a calamity if there's something on there we're not supposed to see.
This is the most legitimate way of exposing the public to a secret sex tape, albeit, one acquired under less-than ideal conditions. Celebrities should be able to freely expose us to their sex tapes, if that's what they want to do. I am totally against what happened to Erin Andrews, that was sick and twisted. But, by the same token, you just know there's a video of Lindsay Lohan doing something depraved but watchable. Audrina has too much common sense to make a sex tape now; she's on the move up the ladder and she doesn't need one. LiLo needs a sex tape so bad right now, it's a wonder she doesn't have four of them coming out for Christmas.
What's difficult to understand is how Johny Law was in possession of video surveillance and wasn't able to locate the perpetrator until now, and why they are still trying to find his accomplices. So much for the police state. Apparently, there are some bugs in the system.