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Lindsay Lohan didn't steal necklace, will fight any criminal charges, her attorney says

February 5, 2011 |  5:41 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134853d8175970c-400wiLindsay Lohan's attorney released a statement Saturday denying that the actress stole a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

Los Angeles detectives presented the results of their investigation into the alleged theft to L.A. prosecutors  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 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 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.

On Saturday, Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley released a statement saying Lohan did nothing wrong and that they would fight any criminal charges.

“We vehemently deny these allegations,” the statement said. “And, if charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in the press.”

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 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.

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. Riverside County prosecutors said they are investigating the case.

Lohan has denied any wrongdoing. Since leaving the clinic, she has been living in Venice.


Lindsay Lohan necklace theft allegation under review by prosecutors

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

-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

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