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Lindsay Lohan awaits decision on criminal charges in necklace-theft case

February 7, 2011 |  8:40 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134853d8175970c-400wiLindsay Lohan's camp was awaiting word Monday on whether L.A. prosecutors will file criminal charges against the actress for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace.

Prosecutors have not said when or if they will file charges against Lohan, but sources close to the investigation said they expected some charge in the case.

On Saturday, Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley released a statement saying Lohan did nothing wrong and that they would fight any criminal charges.

"We vehemently deny these allegations," the statement said. "And, if charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in the press."

Los Angeles police detectives on Wednesday presented the results of their investigation into the alleged theft to prosecutors.

Detectives investigated whether Lohan stole a "one-of-a-kind" necklace that went missing last month from a Venice jewelry store not far from where she lives.

The piece, described as a gold necklace with semiprecious stones, disappeared Jan. 22 from the store in the 1300 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and police began investigating a few days later. According to law enforcement sources, Lohan was seen in a store security video wearing the necklace before it was reported missing.

After detectives began looking into the case and preparing a search warrant, a Lohan associate took the necklace to the Pacific Division police station, sources said. Lohan could face grand theft and second-degree commercial burglary charges if evidence supports that the necklace was stolen, prosecutors said.

Lohan is also under investigation in Riverside County for allegedly assaulting an employee at the Betty Ford Center.

Lohan spent three months at the center in Rancho Mirage under orders from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox, who spared the actress jail time in October after Lohan tested positive for drugs while on probation in a DUI case.

The judge directed her to stay at the center through January and warned that he would put her in jail for six months if she violated probation again. It was her fifth time in rehab, and she has been to jail three times in connection with the case.

The employee accused Lohan of shoving her but then told investigators she did not want to press charges. Riverside County prosecutors said they are investigating the case.

Lohan has denied any wrongdoing. Since leaving the clinic, she has been living in Venice.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan outside court in 2010. Credit: Associated Press

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