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D.A. Focuses On Lindsay's Shady Shopping

2/9/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County District Attorney believes Lindsay Lohan is a seasoned fashion thief, and that's a primary reason why she's being prosecuted for felony grand theft.

Lindsay Lohan
Sources connected to the case tell us ... in deciding whether to prosecute, the D.A.'s Office heavily considered 3 incidents where Lindsay allegedly pilfered expensive items:

-- She was suspected of taking a $400,000 necklace in 2009 from an Elle Magazine photo shoot.

-- She was accused of stealing a $12,000 mink coat in 2008 from a NYC nightclub.

-- She was accused of taking a $35,000 Rolex from a "friend" in 2010.

Lindsay was not prosecuted or convicted in the three cases, but sources say prosecutors not only heavily considered the prior incidents in making their decision ... they will ask the judge to admit the three incidents into evidence to show "prior bad acts" if the case goes to trial.

Our sources say there are two other factors that weighed heavily in the decision to prosecute:

-- Lindsay has had repeated run-ins with the law, including two DUIs.

-- She repeatedly thumbed her nose at the legal system by failing to perform her probation requirements, blowing off court appearances (remember that trip to Cannes?) and acting disrespectfully before the judge (the whole fingernail thing).

As TMZ reported, the D.A. has a surveillance video which shows Lindsay walking out of a Venice, CA jewelry store with the $2,500 necklace in question.  The necklace is partially hidden by other trinkets around Lindsay's neck.

Lindsay will be arraigned today at 1:30 PM PT.  Lindsay will be in court, accompanied by her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.  Prosecutor Danette Meyers reps the people of the State of California.

TMZ will livestream the hearing.

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duh    

It's been less than 4 minutes since you've posted another LiLo story. TMZ you're SLACKING!!!

1320 days ago
2.

Nicole     

This is WRONG
She doesn't have any previous theft convictions
Danette Meyers is just using her to get elected.

1320 days ago
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Jackie    

Aww!!...So she is officially a thief?!

1320 days ago
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Kate    

What? They dont have proofs so they are use tabloid stories? Elle Magazine denied Lindsay had anything to do with that theft. Sounds like the DA arent confident on their case. I hope Lindsay sues them for millions when she is proven innocent.

1320 days ago
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dimes    

Ooh, you in danger, girl.

1320 days ago
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kinm    

LL is going down

1320 days ago
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Phreaky    

It's about time someone looked at ALL the incidents of theft - this girl has been stealing for a long time.
Sociopath.

1320 days ago
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Googie    

Lets see if her Get Out Of Jail Free Card is still good.

1320 days ago
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Ramenth    

If they didn't have enough of a case to bring an indictment there's no way they'll be able to get those three things in as Prior Bad Acts, and if they do it's grounds for appeal.

Although this pretty clearly doesn't meet the grounds for Malicious Prosecution, the pretty blatant hate-on the DA has for her won't be doing them any favors.

1320 days ago
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Leslie    

Don't forget about Louis Vuitton blacklisting her in 2007 for stealing their expensive clothing samples from a photo shoot.

1320 days ago
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Jordan    

State prison Good Luck Princess.

1320 days ago
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Leslie    

Don't forget about Louis Vuitton blacklisting her in 2007 for stealing their expensive clothing samples from a photo shoot.

1320 days ago
13.

Lucky_130    

Round and round, what goes around comes around
Ill tell you why,
Dig..

1320 days ago
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burning_plastic    

I must be having an off day because I'm on her side here. If they had prior CONVICTIONS it would be one thing. I believe that she stole this necklace but she should get a fair hearing and they're making a mistake bringing in that other stuff. It would actually push me to her corner if I were on the jury.

http://soundcloud.com/burning_plastic

1320 days ago
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Lucky_130    

"Lay it down, Lay it down".

1320 days ago
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