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Lindsay Lohan could face more serious charges as prosecutors review jewelry theft, alleged assault cases

February 3, 2011 |  8:42 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134853d8175970c-400wiProsecutors in two counties were mulling potential criminal charges against Lindsay Lohan that legal experts said would be significantly more serious than her previous legal troubles.

The most pressing case involved an Los Angeles Police Department investigation into allegations that Lohan stole a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Los Angeles detectives presented the results of their investigation to L.A. prosecutors on Wednesday, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

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, sources told The Times early Wednesday.

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 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.

Attorney Dmitry Gorin, a former prosecutor, said a suspect in such a case could face felony grand theft and second-degree burglary charges.

A conviction can result in probation or jail time. It could also be deemed a violation of her probation for a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.

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

Lohan spent three months at the center under orders from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox, who spared the actress jail time in October after she tested positive for drugs.

He 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.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not return phone messages seeking comment.


Lindsay Lohan necklace theft allegation under review by prosecutors

LAPD to present evidence on Lohan's theft allegation to prosecutors today

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan outside of court in 2010. Credit: Los Angeles Times