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Lindsay Lohan's electronic monitoring system replaced

Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse Airport Branch March 10.

Lindsay Lohan's house-arrest electronic monitoring system has been replaced after apparently going on the blink this week.

Lohan is serving about 35 days under house detention instead of spending time in jail after her conviction for shoplifting a necklace from a Venice jewelry store in January.

The "Mean Girls" actress is required to wear an ankle monitoring device that randomly checks via a base unit that she is within the premises of her home. Law enforcement sources told The Times that her monitoring unit went off this week, although it's unclear why.

Steve Honig, a spokesman for the actress, said in a statement to The Times, "They came as part of standard procedure to make sure the monitoring equipment was working properly."

Her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, added in a statement: "Lindsay's electronic monitoring system went off on Monday. When a representative from the monitoring company went to her home, the representative found Lindsay there. The equipment was replaced the following day."

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Lohan is restricted to the premises, including the home's exterior areas, for the period of detention. Lohan is allowed visitors but cannot consume alcohol or narcotics and is subject to random tests if officials desire, he said. Probation officials can also enter her home at any time to check that she is in compliance with her probation and custody requirements, he said.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Airport Branch on March 10. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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