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Lindsay Lohan to be charged with grand theft in necklace case [Updated]

The Kamofie & Company jewelry store window in Venice.

Lindsay Lohan L.A. County prosecutors said they plan to file charges Wednesday against Lindsay Lohan for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

The felony grand theft charge will be the most serious faced by the actress, who over the last two years has made headlines for court appearances and stints in rehab.

[Updated at 2:40 p.m.: Lohan will be arraigned Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Airport Court. Barring any changes, it appears that Lohan will not be arrested Tuesday, but will be booked at the courthouse on Wednesday and arraigned on the charge, according to sources familiar with the case.]

Lohan currently is on probation and faces a criminal investigation in Riverside County involving allegations that she shoved a worker at the Betty Ford Center.

Lohan did not immediately comment on the latest charge, but her attorney released a statement over the weekend that the actress would fight any criminal charges.

"We vehemently deny these allegations," the statement said.

If charges are filed, "We will fight them in court, not in the press."

Last week, Los Angeles police detectives 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.

In the Riverside County case, Lohan is under investigation 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.


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Photos: (Top) The Kamofie & Company jewelry store window in Venice. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press. (Bottom) Lindsay Lohan appears in a Beverly Hills courtroom in July 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (74)

Is this a cry for help or a cry for a very severe spanking??
I say give her the Singaporean caning, about a dozen should get her attention. I wager she will never shoplift after that again. It would help deter future shoplifters if we showed it live across all stations.

screw this site

Forget the revolution in Egypt - this is serious news!

And this deserves a breaking news headline because?

And down the drain she goes...

She's a good kid, that kid.

what a train wreck!!

Her liar, I mean lawyer must be making a bundle off her.

This bad girl is begging for prison.

As much as I don't care for Lohan, this is something I do not wish upon her. I'm sure the necklace was taken by accident, or loaned to her, because she could've bought it, made payments, or put it on lay-away if she really wanted it.

I feel very badly for her in having to endure more serious legal trouble, since she seemed to be doing well.

As for being under investigation for allegedly assaulting an employee at the Betty Ford Center, well that decision should have been finalized by now.

I hope this isn't just for publicity sake.

This bad girl is begging for prison.

Oh, poor thing....another little pat on the wrist.

Wow. She can't stay out of her own way. But as she said, she didn't have anything to do with the "non-return" of the necklace. Sounds like Andy Pettite "mis-remembering" his conversations with Roger Clemens.

Send to jail for more than a week and then let's all stop paying attention.

If there is enough budget to consistently go after Lohan, then there is enough to investigate LA City Hall. Is someone still working on the Mayor's Ticketgate?

It all makes sense under the title: "addiction". I pray that she makes it to the other side of sanity and a purposeful life.

what about the lohan associate? he turned back the stolen item. doesn't that make him suspisious?

Yeah, I bet they want "fight this in court rather than the press", since that's where she's got the most leniency over the years of her blatantly breaking the law repeatedly.

Seems like a certain someone just loooooooves her jail cell.

Good, now convict her and then put her in the general population. Let her experience regular life - maybe then she will appreciate what she has and straighten out! If not, she deserves what she gets!

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.
Does felony grand theft violate her probation?
Will she ever see the inside of a jail cell for longer than 90 minutes if convicted of the fellony grand theft?

So what??!! She'll get off the hook AGAIN, she always does. It's amazing what this spoiled girl has gotten away with, simply because she has money and is white. Anyone else would be serving a number of years in jail by now.

Amazing how a person with so much opportunity can completely mess up their lives. What a waste.

This is stupid, they should have arrested her right now and have her sit in a cell until her court date, just like the rest of us would have to do if such a thing occurred. The corrupt courts need to quit giving the rich and powerful slaps on the wrist every time they commit a crime, no more special treatment.

What I find most sickening about this is the fact that she has millions of dollars and steals a $2500 necklace. Her greed is absolutely disgusting. I hope she loses her entire fame and fortune and goes back to working at a fast food restaurant for $7 an hour.

The late night talks are going fun with this one. She just can't stay out of trouble good thing the Prisons are so over crowded.

Here we go again....if this were anyone else besides a celebrity, they would have already been arrested and booked into the county jail.. How many opportunities are these celebrities going to get before they get it through their heads that just because they are famous, or well known that they cannot get away with this type of behavior. Oh wait, the courts, judges and lawyers are the ones that are allowing this to happen....When will they learn????

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