Report: Before Necklace, Lindsay Lohan Tried to Steal Earrings
Lohan racks up new investigation in wake of felony theft hearing.
Feb. 10, 2011— -- Lindsay Lohan's jewelry woes may have only just begun.
According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement officials are investigating whether Lohan tried to leave the Venice, Calif., Kamofie & Co. jewelry store with a pair of diamond earrings before she allegedly stole a $2,500 necklace. The LA Times reports that a store clerk told police about the diamond earrings incident, which was cited in a police report, but did not result in charges against Lohan.
An LAPD spokesperson declined to comment or confirm the investigation. Lohan's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
On Wednesday, Lohan was charged with felony grand theft in connection with the $2,500 gold and semi-precious stone necklace that went missing from Kamofie & Co. on Jan. 22. After the store told police the necklace was missing, an associate of Lohan's returned it. Lohan has reportedly said that her stylist borrowed the necklace and returned it to the store.
At a Wednesday court hearing, Lohan pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony grand theft, and eluded jail time. During the hearing, she received a stern warning from a judge after entering a not guilty plea.
"Miss Lohan, let me just tell you a couple things, so we have no misunderstandings," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz told the 24-year-old actress. "You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. Look around this room. Everybody needs to follow the law. You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."
Lohan said, "Yes, sir," when Schwartz asked if she understood him.
Schwartz continued Lohan's felony grand theft hearing to Feb. 23 and set bail at $40,000 -- $20,000 each for the felony charge and for violation of her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI case.
Lohan posted bail late Wednesday.
If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years. She already has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession and probation violations.
California criminal defense attorney Dana Cole thinks it's unlikely Lohan will serve time for the jewelry case.
"No one's cutting her any breaks," he told ABCNews.com. "It all seemed very standard. This is not a major felony case at all, I doubt she will do any jail time on this felony, it could get reduced to a misdemeanor. The question is the probation violation; that will only be dealt with after the necklace caper is resolved in one way or the other."