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Lindsay Lohan necklace theft allegation under review by prosecutors [Updated]

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office Wednesday was reviewing an LAPD investigation into allegations that actress Lindsay Lohan stole a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

[Updated: Some previous reports had listed the value of the necklace at $5,000.]

Los Angeles detectives presented the results of their investigation to prosecutors, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

"We won’t be making a file decision today," Gibbons said Wednesday.

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 Los Angeles Times early Wednesday.

The piece, described as a gold necklace with semiprecious stones, disappeared Jan. 22 from the store in the 1300 block of Abbott 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.

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

Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not return phone messages seeking comment. But the “Mean Girls” actress met with probation officials Wednesday because she is on probation for the misdemeanor DUI and subject to regular, random drug tests.

The LAPD investigation is the latest problem for the actress, who is also under investigation in Riverside County for allegedly assaulting an employee at the Betty Ford Center.

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 Betty Ford Center, she has been living in Venice.


Lindsay Lohan jewelry theft investigation: LAPD to present evidence to prosecutors today

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan at a basketball game in Los Angeles on Jan. 9. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (11)

It was a voice in her head that told her to do it. She is on the rich but messed with list at the NSA. It's war on US, by us, because we have to.

Sad days these are, but you are next if you don't start to listen.

put that girl in rehab for a year that is the only way shes ever going to get clean if it was your regular joe she will be doing 3 yrs in the joint

Clear example of our Egalitarianism every day this city jails hundreds for crimes this person commits on a daily basis but the fact that she comes from a privileged back round earns her the right to walk above the fray of the proletariat this sort of thing needs to end the city of los angeles can only take so much!

It's time for LAPD to go give her a pair of matching bracelets. Then escort her to a lovely resort. With 24hr security, room services (they bring her bologna sandwich to her cell) and lot of company for her . And not paparazzi to interrupt her while she cools her heels .

Any normal schmo would be in prison for the antics this girl has pulled. Yet again, the American legal system proves to be a joke and a failure. I hear you can get a law degree out of a gumball machine these days...

Crooks go to jail! Crooks go to jail! Crooks go to jail jail jail!
Crooks go to jail! Crooks go to jail! Crooks go to jail jail jail!

The only surprise here was that the high end jewelry store let Lindsay anywhere near a piece of precious jewelry.

What kind of store lets a customer try on an expensive piece of jewelry and then waltz right out of the store?

As for Lindsay the fact that she had the jewelry for over a month is enough for it to constitute intentional theft. And since it was very valuable it is a grade a felony.

If the purported stolen necklace had "semi-precious" stones then how could it be worth 5 G's? Oh. It's the "artistry" in the necklace. Well here's the clue: it's in Venice so it's probably a hippie necklace. I guess we can call this episode of "I Love Lindsay" the "Stolen Necklace" episode. Look, just have a designated union camera crew follow her around, have a new reality show, test the market waters for audience viewing.

They will let her off because she is a cracked out star in la la land.
sick of it

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why is this sort of information being made allowed to the public if it's not a dirty trick by the police to prejudice opinion? So she tried the jewellery on, don't women do that at a lot of shops? I never thought I'd be standing up for some overpaid feckless millioniare but this beggars belief. That she was the last 'recorded' person wearing it in the shop like customers are encouraged too, then this is flimsy circumstantial evidence. But if they have recorded evidence of her concealing the necklace and walking out without paying, then they need to be presenting the evidence to a jury and not conducting a trial by hersay through the press.

It's not just this one time, Richard--The Gloss has a whole list of stuff that she's walked off with, sometimes even digging through her "friend"'s closet to find stuff to take, or walking off with stuff from photo shoots. Basically, if there's even a chance that LiLo will ever visit your house, you need to have locks on your bedroom door that lock from the outside.


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