updated 02/04/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/04/2010 AT 3:40 PM ET
Now that the cases of the so-called “Bling Ring” – five teens and a 27-year-old from the Los Angeles-area accused of breaking into stars’ homes in 2008 and 2009, and stealing millions of dollars’ worth of property – are headed back to court, some of the members are speaking out.
“There was a definite thrill to it,” 19-year-old Nick Prugo, who was arrested last September, told Good Morning America Wednesday. “I don’t think any of us realized how severe it was until we actually got caught. It didn’t seem as bad as it was.
“Now that I look back,” Prugo continued, “I realize how serious it was It scares me to death.”
While Prugo appeared on TV, the ring’s alleged leader, Rachel Lee, also 19, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an L.A. court to multiple charges, including receiving stolen property – namely, a fur coat that reportedly belonged to one of the celebrities. Between them, the ring allegedly targeted the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox, among others.
Lee’s alleged accomplices, including Prugo, are Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, all 19, and Roy Lopez, 27. They too have entered not-guilty pleas to charges related to the alleged crime spree.