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Lindsay Lohan hearing: Shop owner testifies she noticed necklace was missing 10 minutes after closing

April 22, 2011 | 11:49 am

Lk2de8nc The owner of a Venice jewelry store testified Friday that 10 minutes after she closed her store Jan. 22, she noticed Lindsay Lohan had allegedly left with a pricey necklace.

Sofia Kaman testified that Lohan had tried on the necklace and not removed it despite not paying for it nor working out a deal to borrow it.

Lohan was in court Friday to face grand-theft charges in connection with the missing necklace.

Kaman testified that Lohan put her own necklace over the store's necklace. The shop owner said she reported the alleged crime to police the next day after watching the security camera tape.

She said the necklace was acquired for $850 and sold for three times that amount, a standard industry practice.

Her statement was elicited by the prosecutor in an attempt to undercut efforts by Lohan's attorney to drop the crime value to less than $950, making the alleged crime a misdemeanor.

She said the jewelry store was under constant harassment by the media for licensing the security video, which was done under a lawyer's advice to get out a "non-altered and authentic" version.

She said a licensing adviser sought to air it on pay-per-view, which she opposed. Kaman said the store has not received any money from the video licensing.


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-- Richard Winton at Los Angeles County Superior Court

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives with her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, right, for a preliminary hearing, Friday at LAX Courthouse in Los Angeles. Credit: Chris Pizzello / AP