Nick Prugo is a former child actor and a member of the Bling Ring who stole around $3 million in cash, jewelry, and personal things from celebrities’ houses between 2008 and 2009. Bling Ring is a gang of thieves located in Calabasas, California,
While he began as an actor, landing a small role in the 2003 TV quasi-documentary Little Lost Souls: Children Possessed, he stopped acting while in high school and became friends with Rachel Lee, who would become the Bling Ring’s ringleader.
Prugo was the first of the gang to be arrested and confess to the robberies, and he served one year of his two-year term in prison. While most of the Bling Ring members preferred to stay out of the spotlight, Prugo did the opposite by telling Good Morning America his side of the story in February 2010.
Prugo’s run-ins with the law did not end with the Hollywood burglaries. In 2015, Prugo was charged with stalking and soliciting sexual assault. Recently, he appeared in Netflix’s The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist in September 2022.
What is Nick Prugo’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth||$350 Thousand|
|Age||31 Years Old|
|Profession||Former Child Actor|
|Annual Salary||$100 Thousand|
Movie Depictions on The Bling Ring Story:
- The Bling Ring, a TV film premiered on Lifetime (2011).
- The Bling Ring is a film directed by Sofia Coppola starring Emma Watson along with various other actors (2013).
- Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, a Docu-Series aired on Channel 4 (2022).
Nicholas Prugo was born on November 15th, 1991 in Los Angeles. He grew up in Granada Hills in a middle-class household and attended Calabasas High School for a few years before getting expelled for frequent absenteeism.
He switched to Indian Hills High School after getting expelled from Calabasas. After securing a small role in the 2003 TV quasi-documentary Little Lost Souls: Children Possessed, he hoped to pursue a career in acting.
During his time at Indian Hills High School, Prugo met Rachel Lee and became friends with other members of the Bling Ring. He became addicted to the nightlife, and drugs and began stealing from his parents.
The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring, also known as the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, The Burglar Bunch, and the Hollywood Hills Burglars, was a group of seven teenagers and young adults convicted of several robberies in and around Calabasas, California.
The group targeted media people known for their stylish, status-driven lifestyles and fashionable tastes. Their major targets were females, having been chosen “primarily because women want women’s stuff,” according to Prugo.
The group first started only with Rachel Lee and Nick Prugo but later added Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, Johnny Ajar, and Roy Lopez Jr.
Prugo and Lee executed their first house robbery together in 10th grade, stealing $8,000 in cash. They would also steal credit cards and cash from unlocked cars every night, with Prugo claiming that he was “stealing for drugs” after developing a cocaine addiction.
Prugo and Lee broke into Paris Hilton’s home in 2008 and stole designer clothes, high-end things, and cash. They allegedly broke into Hilton’s home so many times that Lee allegedly added Hilton’s spare key to her own keychain.
Prugo and the rest of the Bling Ring then broke into the houses of Audrina Partridge (stealing $43,000 in clothing and jewelry), Rachel Bilson ($130,000-$300,000), Orlando Bloom (nearly $500,000), Brian Austin Green, and Megan Fox, and Lindsay Lohan ($130,000 in clothing and jewelry).
The Lindsay Lohan burglary would prove to be their end, as she released surveillance footage to TMZ, resulting in numerous tips and eventually leading to the group’s arrest.
The group had planned to steal the residences of a slew of other celebrities, including Ashley Tisdale, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, and Vanessa Hudgens, but they were caught before their plans could be carried out.
How Did Prugo Get Caught?
After nearly a year of escaping capture, a security camera at Patridge’s home captured the gang on tape snooping around the premises, which Prugo later saw on the local news.
The Bling Ring continued to rob celebrity residences despite being captured on tape. It wasn’t until they were caught in the act again, this time on a security video at Lohan’s house, that authorities were able to gather together who the possible looters were.
Prugo was the first member of the Bling Ring to be caught and confessed to the robberies and others eventually got caught one by one.
Prugo was detained and subsequently confessed to the police when an anonymous caller told the police that he and Rachel Lee were responsible for the Lindsay Lohan burglary in August 2009.
Arrest and Other Charges
Prugo pleaded not guilty to burglarizing Audrina Patridge and Lindsay Lohan. In 2013, he was sentenced to two years in jail. He only spent a year in prison because, by the time he was convicted, he had a year credited for time served and good behavior.
Prugo was arrested in 2014, less than a year after his release, for allegedly violating his parole. Dawn DaLuise, a celebrity skin care specialist, allegedly mentioned Prugo after she was jailed “for allegedly attempting to pay a member of the Detroit Lions to kill the owner of a rival skin store.”
Prugo had broken his parole by traveling out of state without permission, according to Dawn. He shared a room with Edward Feinstein at the time, who DaLuise claims was harassing her online and creating fake photos.
In 2016, Prugo and Feinstein both pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of stalking DaLuise. They were also accused of using bogus online personal advertisements to recruit men to rape DaLuise, but the judge denied those claims. Prugo was sentenced to 350 hours of community service as well as three years probation.
Where is Prugo Now?
Prugo is now married to his husband, Per Norgo, a Swedish businessman for five years and they run an online business together.
Prugo and his husband got married on the beach in Carmel by the Sea on November 28, 2017. The couple is known for supporting the members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In addition, he is requesting a rehabilitation certification and a pardon from the governor. Prugo and his husband currently reside in Los Angeles.
Nick Prugo Net Worth
As of 2023, Nick Prugo’s net worth is estimated to be $350,000. Prugo is best known for the crimes he committed in 2009 as the ringleader and mastermind of the Bling Ring. The majority of the assets obtained through the theft were either spent or seized by the authorities.
He has an Amazon store where he sells essentials and housewares. He and his husband, Per Norgo, co-own an Instagram shop that sells home items “Porgo Essentials”. The duo uses social media sites like Instagram to reach out to potential consumers for their business.