Lindsay Lohan to be charged with felony grand theft of necklace
Lindsay Lohan, who has been awaiting word on whether she'll face charges related to a necklace taken from a Venice boutique, will be charged with felony grand theft on Wednesday afternoon, according to L.A. County prosecutors.
Lohan will not be arrested Tuesday but rather will be booked at the courthouse and then arraigned, L.A. Now reports. She is expected to be charged with a single count of felony grand theft at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Airport Courthouse on La Cienega Boulevard in L.A.
Detectives last Wednesday gave prosecutors the results of their investigation into allegations that Lohan stole a "one-of-a-kind" $2,500 necklace, The Times' L.A. Now reported last week. Kamofie & Co. is the store involved, the Associated Press reported.
Over the weekend, Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley released a statement saying, "We vehemently deny these allegations, and if charges are filed we will fight them in court, not in the press."
The piece, described as a gold necklace with semiprecious stones, disappeared from the store on Jan. 22, and police began investigating a few days later, L.A. Now's Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton reported. According to law enforcement sources, Lohan was seen in a store security video wearing the necklace before it was reported missing.
The necklace found its way into LAPD custody on Sunday, when Lohan's stylist turned it over not to the store but rather to the police -- shortly before a search warrant was to be executed at the actress' new place in Venice.
Lohan has been living in Venice since leaving the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage shortly after the new year.
Lohan has said that she was borrowing the item and that her stylist simply didn't return it on time. The store maintains that no paperwork was done that would have allowed the piece to go out on loan.
If charged and convicted, Lohan could get as little as probation or as much as a three-year prison sentence. She is also still on probation related to two DUI arrests in 2007.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Top photo: Lindsay Lohan at a dinner last week in West Hollywood celebrating the opening of Giuseppe Zanotti Design Beverly Hills. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images.
Left photo: Photographers take pictures through the front windows of the Kamofie & Co. jewelry store in Venice last week. Lohan has been accused of taking a $2,500 necklace from the shop. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press.