The Hollywood Bling Ring
It started small. Originally, the crew weren't targeting people like Paris Hilton. They were just checking cars.
He told Vanity Fair that they would simply troll for the luxury vehicles in expensive neighborhoods: anyone that was dumb enough to leave the door unlocked would be robbed, often they'd find credit cards, which they'd use to go shopping at tony Hollywood boutiques like Kitson's. In Prugo's case, the cash helped fuel his cocaine addiction, for which he says he's now getting treatment.
But that wasn't enough.
Prugo told Vanity Fair that Lee was his best friend at Indian Hills High School in the Valley. According to the magazine, he was "a troubled kid" who was on several different psychiatric medications, including Zoloft. In Prugo, according to Vanity Fair, Lee had found a respite from her tough North Korean immigrant mother, with whom she didn't get along.
Spurred by his friend's desires and by what he says was overwhelming peer pressure, Prugo went along on the spree. When asked why his band committed the crimes, Prugo told Good Morning America, "There's a lot of factors. Obviously there was the thrill of it. These were people I trusted, they were my best friends and it was the peer pressure, trying to please them and keep my friends."