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US jury indicts five 'celebrity burglary' suspects

Lindsay Lohan
Image caption Surveillance cameras captured footage of a break-in at Ms Lohan's home

A Los Angeles grand jury has indicted five suspects accused of burgling the homes of celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

The suspects allegedly made off with millions of dollars' worth of art, cash, clothes and jewellery, according to local media reports.

They face several counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and receiving stolen property in connection with the break-ins in the Hollywood Hills area.

All five have pleaded not guilty.

The suspects were originally charged with felony burglary in October 2009, but prosecutors chose to present the case to a grand jury, which allowed the case to go directly to trial and avoid a preliminary hearing.

Celebrity websites

Los Angeles police allege the group got away with more than $3m-worth (£1.8m) of stolen goods in a series of burglaries between October 2008 and August 2009.

The suspects allegedly used websites like Twitter, TMZ.com and celebrityaddresssaerial.com, to find details of the stars' homes, travel schedules and public appearances that they used to plan the burglaries, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Other alleged burglary victims include Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale.

The suspects were taken into custody after two members of the group were captured on surveillance footage breaking into the homes of Ms Lohan and Ms Patridge.

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