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Man pleads no contest to stealing jewels from 'Catwoman' actress Julie Newmar

July 13, 2010 |  4:47 pm

A West Los Angeles man pleaded no contest Tuesday to stealing jewels from Julie Newmar, who played "Catwoman" in the original "Batman" TV series, authorities said. Julie Newmar2

Robert Ouriel, 49, pleaded no contest to one felony count of grand theft and was sentenced to three years' probation and 45 days of community service, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Ouriel was an acquaintance of Newmar and stole several pieces of jewelry between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3, 2008, prosecutors said. He was charged with shipping the items to an Illinois pawnbroker who posted them on EBay.

Newmar recognized three of the pieces on EBay and contacted authorities, according to the district attorney's office.

The jewelry was valued at $150,000. A restitution hearing is set for Sept. 14 at Airport Superior Court.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Julie Newmar in 1995 at her Brentwood home. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times