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

February 2, 2011 | 11:43 am

Authorities are moving quickly in the grand theft robbery investigation involving Lindsay Lohan, with detectives expected to present evidence to prosecutors later Wednesday afternoon, according to law-enforcement sources.

Detectives are investigating whether Lohan stole a "one-of-a-kind" necklace that went missing last month from a Venice jewelry store not far from where the actress lives, the sources told the Los Angeles Times early Wednesday.

The piece, described as a gold necklace with semiprecious stones valued at $2,500, disappeared Jan.  22. Police began investigating a few days later, the sources said.

On Tuesday, detectives obtained a search warrant for Lohan's home, they said. But before they executed the warrant, the necklace was brought to the Pacific Division police station by a Lohan associate, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

The probe 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.

Fox warned Lohan that he would put her in jail for six months if she violated probation again. It was her fifth time in rehab and she had been to jail three times in connection with the case.

The employee accused Lohan of shoving her but then told investigators that she did not want to press charges. But Riverside County prosecutors said they were continuing to investigate the case. Lohan, through her attorney, has denied any wrongdoing.

If authorities conclude there is enough evidence to file a charge, Lohan likely would face a felony charge of either grand theft or second-degree commercial burglary. Those are far more serious charges than the allegations she has faced in the past.

Lohan's representatives have not returned calls seeking comment.


Lohan investigation centers on disappearance of 'one of a kind' necklace

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Lindsay Lohan in a previous court appearance. Credit: Los Angeles Times