December 22, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

A recent article details the burglary spree that victimized homes of young Hollywood stars Audrina Patridge, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson and the Hilton family. The ringleader behind these thefts, according to a confession by one of the robbers, was a 19 year old Las Vegas woman whose desire to own the designer clothes and jewelry of such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton motivated her to spearhead the thefts.

The suspect who turned informant gave authorities the details they were looking for in the burglaries. He detailed how the 19 year old woman would suggest a celebrity name and how he would go to the internet to research the star and find their home. After watching a house, they would break into poorly protected properties, often by simply walking through unlocked doors. The burglars made off with cash, narcotics and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, including family heirlooms.

In addition to the ringleader and suspect turned informant, four others have been arrested in connection with the thefts. The four others, most between the ages of 18 and 20, have been charged with felony burglary.

Under California law (Penal Code 459), burglary is defined as entering a building, vehicle, vessel or cargo container with the intention of either stealing something or committing a felony. Under the law, the state does not need to prove that you succeeded in stealing or committing a felony; it must only prove that you intended to.

The California felony burglary attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have extensive experience defending the rights of those accused of burglar crimes of all types. Whether you have been accused of a first-degree or second-degree burglary, you need the help of an experienced attorney. The vast majority of Wallin & Klarich clients are able to resolve their case by either a dismissal or by a grant of probation and do not go to state prison. Of course what will happen in your case depends upon the facts of your case, your prior record, and how soon after your arrest you retained our law firm to help you.

For more information on how we can be of assistance in defending your rights, contact Wallin & Klarich today at 888-280-6839.


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