LOS ANGELES  (CBS) — The District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that they would file criminal charges against actress Lindsay Lohan in connection with allegations she stole a necklace from a jewelry store in Venice.

The 24-year-old actress is to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles, according to Deputy District Attorney John Lynch.

Lohan is accused of walking out of Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store, with the designer necklace on January 22.

The store’s owner reported the alleged theft to Los Angeles police, who described the necklace as “one of a kind.”

The celebrity website RadarOnline first reported that investigators had video of Lohan wearing the necklace.

Lohan was seen in a store video wearing the necklace, which later went missing, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division got a search warrant on Feb. 1 to search Lohan’s Venice residence for the necklace, but it was handed over to police before the search warrant was served, according to a statement released last week by Los Angeles police.

Police presented the case to prosecutors last Wednesday.

Lohan’s attorney denied the necklace was stolen.

Harvey Levin of the celebrity Web site TMZ believes Lohan could get three years in prison if convicted.

Steve Chron, a Santa Monica defense attorney tells KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Paul Lowe her lawyers face an uphill battle in defending the troubled starlet.

Lohan spent 13 days in jail last summer for violating her probation in a pair of DUI cases from 2007.

She also faces possible criminal charges for an alleged attack on a worker at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, where she underwent a court- ordered drug rehabilitation program from late September until early January.

Meanwhile, Lohan’s mother, Dina, is hopping mad at the TV show “Glee.” On a show that aired Super Bowl Sunday, the show referred to Dina as a big loser and even made a slam against her dog.

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Comments (370)
  1. kadja1 says:

    Here is my problem with this…IF it was worth $2500.00, then she’s dumb for wearing it out of the store. She could have gotten a knock off at Wal Mart for a hell of a lot less–and if she did the route of the 5 finger discount, she would most likely have gotten a slap on the wrist again and a criminal tresspass order against her barring her from the store. NOW since it was turned in to police before the warrant was served, why IS she in jail? THAT part I have a problem with.

    1. JM in San Diego CA says:

      Kadja1: I think I know the answer to your last question. The jewelry store filed a serious, valid report alleging a a crime. Everything after that –police and courts — is based on evidence that she stole the necklace. It included employee reports that she was the last person in the store to have had the necklace AND .a video of her wearing the thing at an appearance.

      With that kind of evidence, she’s had to appear to answer the charge. So far, she’s not actually IN jail, by the way. She’s out on bond until her next court appearance.

      I think Lindsay’s a real doll who has wrecked her life by rejecting the standards that the rest of us take for granted.

  2. kadja1 says:

    She won’t get 3 strikes sentencing because most of what she had was misdemeanor if I’m not mistaken, and some of it was when she was under 18.

  3. Jose says:

    Throw her in the slammer, send Machete to save her!

  4. Linda says:

    Go get her!!!!
    She is no better then the rest of us.

  5. Linda says:

    She is no better then the rest of us.
    Go get her and and make her pay for her actions.

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