Defendant in 'Bling Ring' Sentenced to Probation
A video still from a surveillance camera shows three females attempting to enter the Hollywood Hills home of actress Lindsay Lohan in August. (Courtesy: Los Angeles Police Department)
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Diana Tamayo, 22, to three years of probation and ordered her to complete 60 days of work for the California Department of Transportation. She was also given credit for the 10 days she served in jail, said DA spokeswoman Jane Robison.
Tamayo, who was 19 when the crimes were committed, was reportedly involved in break-ins at the homes of Lohan and Ashley Tisdale between 2008 and 2009.
In exchange for the plea, the DA's office asked for the dismissal of a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and a count of receiving stolen property.
Tamayo is to return to court on Nov. 8 for a restitution hearing.
The two remaining defendants in the case -- Courtney Leigh Ames, 21, of Calabasas; and Roy Lopez Jr., 30, of Reseda, -- also are to appear on that date for a pretrial hearing. The two reportedly broke into Paris Hilton's home in Dec. 2008 and are charged with conspiracy, first-degree residential burglary and receiving stolen property.
The three are among five people indicted in 2010. The indictment alleges that, between September 2008 and August 2009, they took more than $3 million in jewelry, clothes and accessories from the homes of Lohan, Tisdale and Hilton as well as the homes of Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin-Green and Megan Fox, and "The Hills" reality star Audrina Patridge.
Two ringleaders, Nicholas Prugo and Rachel Lee, pleaded earlier.
Lee was sentenced last year to four years in prison for burglarizing Patridge's home. Lee pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary.
Lohan's home was burglarized on August 2009, and an estimated $128,000 in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories was taken, authorities said.
Authorities said they believe an obsession with celebrity culture -- and breaking inside their homes and wearing their clothing -- could have been the motivation for the crimes.
The group allegedly studied celebrity magazines to pick out clothing and jewelry that they wanted, and then studied satellite maps of the victim's homes before deciding on the best method for entry, police said.
At first, police treated each robbery as a separate incident, but after noticing similarities on surveillance video from the homes of Patridge and Lohan, they concluded that the incidents were related.