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The Jewelry Insider

October 21, 2009

Snatching celebrity jewelry seems to be the thing to do these days with stars like Queen Latifah, Hayden Pannitierre, and Kim Kardashian all losing their diamonds and gems to folks who manage to break-in to what must be their D-list security systems.

But now, at least one cat burglar is off the prowl.

Prosecutors have charged teen hipster Nick Prugo with the caught-on-tape burglaries of actress Lindsay Lohan and “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge, according to the New York Daily News. The 18-year-old faces two counts of felony residential burglary and will appear in court Nov. 11.

Prosecutors say Prugo broke into Patridge’s home Feb. 23 and stole more than $43,000 in jewelry and designer clothes. He then swiped $128,000 worth of jewelry and designer clothes from Lohan’s Hollywood Hills bungalow on Aug. 23, they say.

Lohan, a recent suspect of jewelry theft herself, hinted she knew her assailant in a Twitter message sent shortly after the break-in.

“That’s how I know it was not a robbery. Electronics weren’t taken…just things that a certain old friend knew meant a lot to me,” she tweeted.

Surveillance video was used in both cases to identify the accused felon. Prugo was arrested Sept. 17 and released on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to six years in state prison.

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