Alleged 'Burglar Bunch' Break Their Silence

One of the group apologizes in Vanity Fair interview

Thursday, Feb 4, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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Alleged 'Burglar Bunch' Break Their Silence

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Late last year, a host of Hollywood kids made headlines after they were arrested and accused of robbing the homes of celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton. But one of the group that's been called the alleged "Burglar Bunch" and "The Bling Ring" is now apologizing.

"I'm just really trying to make whatever amends I can, especially to these celebrities that I victimized," Nick Prugo, who has been charged with seven counts of residential burglary, told Vanity Fair. "I really want them to know that I'm sorry. I'm not really sure how I'm going to do that yet. But I really plan on making some formal apology to them. I don't know how they'll react."

Prugo confessed to police last year, without a plea deal, but most of those also charged in the crimes have pleaded not guilty.

"He confessed to crimes we didn't even know he committed," Officer Brett Goodkin, the lead investigator in the case, told the mag.

Prugo told the mag that many of the burglaries he was involved in were done for no real reason, with the help of his friend, Rachel Lee, who herself pleaded not guilty to felony burglary on Wedneday.

"We just did it. I know it sounds dumb, but Rachel just wanted the clothes. She wanted to look pretty," he added. "I was just following Rachel. I loved her almost like a sister."

Another of the accused group, Alexis Neirs, who last year pleaded not guilty to felony burglary, suggested Prugo committed the crimes to keep up with the Joneses.

"Nick really liked the life we had," Neirs, who has been filmed for an E! reality series, told the mag. "He wanted to live like us. He wanted to tag along with us to the clubs we went to, like Apple, Guys & Dolls, Teddy's, Ecco. It was known that we were out hanging out with Emile Hirsch and Leonardo DiCaprio — just, like, typical Young Hollywood."

As for why she's facing charges, Niers put it down to "karma."

"I'm a firm believer in karma," she said. "And I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I see myself being like an Angelina Jolie.

"But even stronger, pushing even harder for the universe and for peace and for the health of our planet," she added. "God didn't give me these talents and looks to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country, for all I know."

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