Lindsay Lohan facing charges for jewelry theft
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan is in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons.
Police got a search warrant Tuesday to look for a $2,500 stolen necklace at the troubled actress’ home near Venice Beach, a freewheeling boardwalk known for its mix of performers, tourist shops and seaside gym.
But before detectives could execute the warrant, someone — police wouldn’t say who — turned in the necklace.
Police presented a potential case against the actress Wednesday afternoon, although prosecutors will not make an immediate decision on whether to pursue charges, district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.
Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh said the department’s investigation into the “Mean Girls” star was for possible grand theft.
The allegations bring more problems for Lohan, 24, who is still on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case and is also being investigated for possible battery on a rehab worker in December.
Phone and e-mail messages sent to Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, were not immediately returned.
Kamofie & Co., a Venice custom jewelry store, reported the necklace stolen on Jan. 22, roughly three weeks after the actress was released from three months of court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center. The treatment, her fifth rehab session, came after she admitted failing a drug test shortly after being granted early release from another treatment program.
Regardless of the decision by prosecutors in Los Angeles and Riverside County, where Betty Ford is located, Lohan is due back in court on Feb. 25 for a probation hearing.
Jeff Kaman, the husband of storeowner Sofia Kaman confirmed that the necklace involved in the Lohan case was from Kamofie, but declined further comment, citing the police investigation.
The store is within walking distance of Lohan’s home. Kamofie’s jewelry is no stranger to celebrities — according to the store’s website its merchandise has been featured in several celebrity magazines, including a photo of actress Amanda Seyfried in People magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful” people issue last year.
Lohan’s frequent legal troubles, including lawsuits and two rehab stints and two trips to jail in 2010 alone, have led to the actress appearing more in court than on the big screen in recent years.
Her role as porn star Linda Lovelace in a biopic was recast while Lohan was being treated at Betty Ford.
The case of the stolen necklace is the second active police investigation that could return the former Disney star to jail if a judge determines she has violated her probation. Prosecutors in Riverside County are considering whether to press battery charges against Lohan over a December altercation the actress had with a worker at a Betty Ford Center facility in Palm Desert.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox warned Lohan at a hearing last year that he would send her back to jail if she violated the terms of her probation, which requires her to obey all laws and submit to frequent drug tests.
The investigation into the stolen necklace was first reported by celebrity website RadarOnline.com. Police would not release additional details about the item Wednesday.