Companion Distracted Shopkeeper While Lindsay Lohan Took Necklace, Report Says

Published February 24, 2011

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Details from the surveillance video of Lindsay Lohan allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice, Calif. jewelry store have been leaked.

RadarOnline.com reports that a law enforcement source close to the investigation saw the video and said it looks like it may have been a "distraction theft."

In the video, a man shopping with Lohan distracts the Kamofie & Co. shopkeeper while Lohan tries on the necklace in question, the report says.

"Lindsay had removed a necklace of hers that she was wearing when she tried on the necklace," the source told the celebrity news website. "As Lindsay was putting her necklace back on, it's apparent the store clerk was distracted by the male companion that was with Lindsay."

The employee also provided a statement to the investigators saying she didn’t realize Lohan hadn’t removed the necklace.

"The video then shows Lindsay and her male friend walking out of the store, all while Lindsay was wearing the necklace," said the source. "It's all clearly visible on the video."

Lohan was later photographed by paparazzi wearing the necklace from the shop.

"The District Attorney believes that Lindsay's friend distracted the clerk on purpose and that could bolster the case if it goes to trial against Lindsay," the source told RadarOnline.com. "This simply wasn't a case of miscommunication of a necklace being loaned and not returned, as Lindsay has claimed."

Lohan, 24, has pleaded not guilty to felony grand larceny, but her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley has indicated that she may accept a plea deal. A Los Angeles judge told Lohan on Wednesday that if she plea bargains in this case, she will get jail time.

Superior Court Judge Douglas Schwartz gave Lohan until March 10 to accept a plea bargain.

"This case does involve jail time, period," Schwartz told Lohan. "If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail. Period. There may be an issue with amount of time, and that is why a judge has discretion. You will be going to jail." 

Schwartz was firm with the star, telling her he would treat her no differently from any other defendant.

"I don’t want you to be a repeat offender, I want you to get on with your life, reach your potential and quit causing yourself additional stress," he said. "I want additional psychological information as to what other probation might be appropriate."

The judge also said it might be beneficial for Lohan to have a sponsor who is not a relative to help look after her.

"I need someone unrelated who is not moved so they can see that you can succeed, that will help you stay away from substance abuse issues, alcohol issues, and will help you get your life back on track and reach the potentials that you have," he said.

The necklace case has become the latest trouble for Lohan, who was sent to jail twice and rehab twice in2010 for violating her probation. 

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