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'Catwoman' Actress Busts Alleged Jewel Thief

12/9/2009 8:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

'Catwoman' Actress Busts Alleged Jewel ThiefCatwoman is now a crime fighter ... or at least the woman who played Catwoman is.

Cops apprehended a man suspected of stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from Julie Newmar's home back in 2008 -- and authorities say the actress is responsible for cracking the case.

According to law enforcement sources, 76-year-old Newmar -- who played Catwoman on the old "Batman" TV show -- was trolling through the Internet recently, when she "discovered the items for sale on Ebay."

Authorities say they were able to track the items back to a man named Robert Ouriel -- a former acquaintance of Newmar. Ouriel was eventually arrested and charged with grand theft -- if convicted he faces up to 3 years in prison.

The lesson: You mess with the kitty, you get the claws.


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Julie Newmar had a role in the 1950s Broadway musical "L'il Abner". She played the part of "Stupefyin Jones", a character who had no lines but would walk on stage and "Stupefy" any male that she encountered. Way to go, lady!!!!

1748 days ago


Yay for this lady-I've always admired her personal self as well as her acting career.

As for "trolling," you guys have got to come up with a better, less derogatory-sounding word (what happened to good old "surfing"?), because if it weren't for Internet "trollers", you'd have no TMZ online.

By the way, it looks like AOL has dropped the feed from TMZ for its entertainment reporting?

1747 days ago


coolest part? He lists Newmar as a friend on facebook:

1747 days ago

Your SM Girlfriend    

Julie Newmar has an IQ above 130, which is indicative of superior intelligence. The old girl still got it!

1747 days ago

Richard C.    

I've done work for Julie Newmar. She is a complete and utter NUTJOB. Remember, this this the woman who was arrested for throwing eggs at Jim Belushi, and taken to court by Jim for defaming and slandering him, and had to pay a huge settlement to Belushi. She is crazier than a march hare. In fact, she still owes me several thousand dollars that she stiffed me on. Don't believe the hype.

1433 days ago
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