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

February 2, 2011 |  3:39 pm

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