BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A jury could not reach a verdict Tuesday in the shoplifting case against Winona Ryder.
The actress is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store last year.
The jury received the case late Monday after closing arguments in which the prosecution suggested the actress shoplifted for the thrill of it and the defense portrayed her as the victim of overzealous security guards. The jury will resume deliberations Wednesday
Ryder, 31, is charged with grand theft, burglary and vandalism for allegedly stealing $5,570 worth of merchandise from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue last December. The charges carry up to three years in prison.
"She came, she stole, she left, end of story," prosecutor Ann Rundle said in her closing argument.
As for why the actress would have done such a thing, the prosecutor said: "Nowhere does it say people steal because they have to. People steal out of greed, envy, spite, because it's there or for the thrill."
Rundle noted that in the introduction to one of Ryder's movies, Girl, Interrupted, there is a voiceover in which the film's mentally disturbed heroine talks about the thrill of walking out of a store with something unpaid for.
"She may have been stealing just for the sheer thrill of seeing if she could get away with it," Rundle said.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos suggested that Saks Fifth Avenue, trying to avoid a lawsuit, conspired with employees to invent a story that would make Ryder appear to be a thief and vandal.
In an aggressive closing argument, Geragos charged that witnesses changed their stories and, in one case, taped over a security videotape that might have contained important evidence.
Saks security staff testified that Ryder cut security tags off of clothes with scissors and that she claimed after being caught that a director told her to shoplift to prepare for a movie role.
Geragos suggested the scissors may have been planted on Ryder by a salesperson. He ridiculed the charge that Ryder vandalized merchandise by cutting holes in clothes when removing the security tags.
"This woman is known for her fashion sense," he said. "Was she going to start a new line of Winona wear with holes in it?"
He asked Ryder, who did not testify during the trial, to stand. With that he carried over a hairbow that she allegedly stole, placed it on her head and said, "Can anyone see Ms. Ryder with this on top of her head? Does that make sense?"