Lindsay Lohan case: Authorities looking at earlier incident at jewelry store, possible motive
Detectives investigating allegations that Lindsay Lohan stole a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store also examined claims that the actress tried to leave that same store with a pair of earrings, according to a law enforcement source.
Lohan was not charged in that earlier incident, which was cited in a police report, according to the source. A clerk the store noticed Lohan had the earrings on before the actress left the store, said the source.
Lohan Wednesday pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft charges of stealing the necklace in Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles before Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz.
She posted a $40,000 bond and was released.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers asked that Lohan and her "agents" stay away from the store, which reported being "somewhat alarmed" at receiving flowers after the incident. The judge agreed and told the actress to stay away.
The judge on Wednesday admonished Lohan.
"You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you," Schwartz told Lohan in court. "If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won't be successful this time. ... You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. ... You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."
The source said detectives have been trying to theorize why Lohan would want to take the necklace, which appears to be far less valuable than other jewelry the actress has worn. The court documents did not make reference to a motive.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Photographs and reporters swarm the Airport Courthouse as Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing on felony grand theft charges. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times