Hollywood's 'Bling Ring' Leaves Celebs Shaken
The Bling Ring finds the key to Hilton's home
"By the time they went and did the burglary at Miss Hilton's house, they had done untold amounts of residential burglary. So it wasn't their first time at the dance," said LAPD's Goodkin. "They didn't have that kind of nervousness that maybe would have gotten them caught."
The ring reportedly found a key beneath Hilton's doormat, which they used to unlock the door and waltz right in.
"They went through the place like termites and took what they wanted and hung out and, you know, partied and I'm sure just reveled in the fact that they were in a famous person's home," Goodkin said.
Police say Hilton didn't notice anything missing from the first robbery and the ring was able to return to her home as many as 10 times before she found that most of her jewelry collection was missing.
"When you go into somebody's house and take $2 million worth of jewels, they notice," said Jeffery Rubenstein, attorney for Neiers.
Hilton told the grand jury that she first noticed something was amiss when she spotted dirty shoe prints leading up the stairs to her bedroom.
"My closet where all my jewelry is kept had been ransacked and, you know, basically two full entire shelves were, I guess, pushed into a bag," Hilton told the panel. Also gone was a topless photo of the socialite, which detectives said was recovered from Lee's home.
None of the stars have testified in open court. Bloom likely would have been the first, but Neiers, who was charged with his break-in, took a plea deal before trial. The aspiring model and reality television star served 30 days in jail.
But the celebrities could still take the stand if any of the members of the Bling Ring go to trial. The five remaining defendants had been previously charged and the actors' grand jury testimony eliminated the need for a preliminary hearing.
The testimony led to indictments for felony residential burglary against Prugo, Lee, Lopez, Ames and Tamayo. All five pleaded not guilty on July 2, 2010, and still await trial.
Many of the details of the actual break-ins given to the grand jury have been revealed in search warrants and other court filings, but most of the stars have refrained from talking publicly about their losses.
Bloom, who estimated his losses at half a million dollars or more, said he immediately suspected he'd been robbed by a close friend or someone who worked for him.
"It's just awful because you are suddenly second-guessing everything," Bloom told the jury. "You are like, 'Who has been in my house?' You know, the value of things kind of fades away. It's really about who is it, who am I starting to question?"
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star said only some of his items — mostly clothes and one of his prized watches — were returned. He testified that clothing of his then-girlfriend, model Miranda Kerr, was also stolen. Bloom and Kerr have since married.
His house, which one detective likened to the "Bat Cave" because it couldn't be seen from the street or the air, was targeted in July 2009. Authorities estimate that there is at least $2 million of the stars' property that has not been recovered. They suspect that Lee, one of the group's alleged masterminds, may have hidden the goods before her arrest at her father's home in Las Vegas.
Lee allegedly offered to return some of the stolen property to detectives in exchange for leniency, according to transcripts and other court filings.
A Louis Vuitton bag full of jewelry was returned to Paris Hilton after several alleged members of the group were arrested in October.
Since the break-ins, several of the stars said they took greater caution with their home security. Despite their wealth and sophisticated security systems, several of the celebrities told jurors they couldn't remember if they set their alarms, or even locked their doors, on the days of the break-ins.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Episode 43 of American Greed, The Bling Ring and The Fraudster, The Ex-Stripper and The Missing Millions premieres Wednesday March 9th at 10p | 1a ET.