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Lindsay Prosecutor: We Believe It's a $2,500 Necklace

2/15/2011 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The prosecutor in the Lindsay Lohan shoplifting case believes the necklace in question is worth $2,500 ... but she's open to hearing arguments from Lindsay's lawyer that the price tag is grossly inflated.

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TMZ broke the story ... several jewelers claim the market value of the necklace is anywhere between $800 and $1,000.  Under California law, if the item in question is worth $950 or less, the case must be filed as a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Deputy D.A. Danette Meyers tells TMZ, "If Shawn (Lindsay's lawyer) presents me with credible evidence of value, we will take a look at it.  But based upon what's in front of us -- what the store owner and designer said -- the necklace is worth $2,500."

Meyers adds, ultimately "It's a battle for the jury."

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91.

themare    

#83 Jeannie

The necklace is beautiful. I was in that store about 3 month ago (no I wasn't casing the joint) It has small yellow diamonds on it. In the photos, you can see that Lindsay turned the necklace around so that no one could see the diamonds as she walked out the door. I was told that these series of pics were taken on the day of the theft shortly after she left the store. That's why at around pic #15 she realizes she is BUSTED wearing the necklace. Plus, I think these are the pics that the store owner saw.If YOU were wearing a beautiful necklace like that, wouldn't you want people to see it? I mean, what would be the point of buying it if you were going to hide it like that? "Nough said

1244 days ago
92.

Jeanie    

@ #86 by themare

You're so welcome...:-)

1244 days ago
93.

Rose5491    

OMG !!! You have to read ROL's morning "exclusive" interview with Daddy Lohan..... lol

He claims that a witness has come forward who says he was in the jewelry store days or weeks earlier and the necklace was priced at $800.

OMG... how stupid is Michael Lohan?????? and how much did he have to pay the guy to come forward and say that???????????

the Lohans just get stupider and stupider by the minute...

Unbelievable...

the fun just continues..... lol

1244 days ago
94.

Soetoro    

Steve-O went on Howard Stern yesterday and talked about how Lindsay Lohan stole his cocaine.

The freaky comic, who laughed uncontrollably while saying he likes to inhale nitrous oxide from whipped cream cans, said Lohan took what he called the “Boog Suge” from him after she forgot her wallet in his bathroom and came back to his place to get it. There’s even proof she was there – Lohan had to sign a release while at Steve-O’s house for a DVD he was filming at the time.

1244 days ago
95.

sst0026@yahoo.com    

Grand Theft or Petty Theft....Lindsay! you still violated your probation. Your lawyer is a dumbass!

1244 days ago
96.

Sloane    

grasping at straws!

if the jewelery "experts" are from any other retail stores in the area - then they will be risking their reputation and future business income by testifying- what star wants appraisals that lowball ever piece they own

they will always have to keep the lowest prices in their stores-attracting the likes of us--rather than the high end clients/stars that really keep then in business and their names in the news

good luck finding come top credible experts who want to get involved with this mess!

1244 days ago
97.

themare    

#88 Chaps

ROFLMAO! Thanks for the clip. That was hilarious!

1244 days ago
98.

Orian    

Look folks this is not some new line of defense that has never been used before. It's not an object that is mass produced, something who's value can easily be determined ie. a car, a laptop,etc. It is a one of kind object that has never been sold, at least on the retail market.
Picture this. I steal your mutt from your back yard. You sue me in civil court and ask for $10,000. That is what you think that your dog is worth. I assure you that no court is going to award you $10,000. The court will put a reasonable, rational value on your mutt from the pound, and that is what you will get.
Ultimately it will not be up to the DA but will be for a Judge and/or a jury to determine the real value.
This happens everyday in courtrooms all across the country.

1244 days ago
99.

Soetoro    

Article excerpt from popcrunch.com — "It's a good thing Lindsay Lohan has implemented a "strict $1,000 spending budget;" OK! Magazine claims the supposed millionaire actually had to borrow $10,000 from friend Steve-O recently. "She regrets all the cash she threw around the last couple years," a spy close to the star reveals to the mag....

When you are broke you steal. Rich people don't borrow money.

1244 days ago
100.

Jeanie    

@ #93 by themare
Thanks for describing the necklace. Oh and...you're right...She DOES look like she's realized that she got busted in that pic!!

1244 days ago
101.

Mikey    

Why don't we hear about the allegedly stolen gold anal beads?

1244 days ago
102.

ketjo    

If the DA isn't worried about this fair market cramp it because she has proof of the necklaces worth which means: the artist who make the necklace sold it to the jewery store for at least 1000 or more which is over the limit to reduce the charge....
If and I have looked up the artisan who make the necklace sells her other creations for that valve ...and she does ....then LLOhan fair market defence is screwed.......I sell my paintings from 500 to over 1000 dollars a piece depending on subject and size by your screwed up reasoning they would only be worth 20 dollars at the most for what I payed for the materials my talent and time worth 0 amount....
She saw a 2500 dollar necklace ....she stole a 2500 dollar necklace....now she has to pay. for a 2500 dollar necklace..

She is a liar , and a theft...........Put her in jail where she need to be...period end of story.

1244 days ago
103.

Soetoro    

nd now the New York Daily News is reporting that Lohan's cash crisis has deepened due to her excessive spending, leaving her borrowing from her DJ partner to support her extravagant lifestyle.

A source tells the publication, "Lindsay is spending like crazy! She's living on credit right now. She has no cash. The problem is, the money being spent is mostly Sam's because Lindsay doesn't really have any of her own at the moment. Sam really thinks Lindsay needs to learn how to become a recessionista and manage her money better."

While another insider adds, "Lindsay's money situation has never been great, but it's only gotten worse over the last month. For every dollar she makes, she spends double. Her personal appearance fees are literally the only thing keeping her afloat. Because of her explosive relationship with Sam, she's unable to get the type of cash she's used to. The negative press and constant appearance cancellations are hurting her pocketbook."

1244 days ago
104.

Soetoro    

Many sites are reporting that yes, 23 year-old LINDSAY LOHAN is nearing $1 million in debt and has yet to cut back on spending.

After her last film went straight to DVD, Lohan has been making a living off club appearances. But, sources say, the invites are slowing and Lindsay makes a maximum of $10,000 per appearance.

A source told Radar Online, "Lindsay owes credit cards $60...0,000. One card cut her off last week and it’s only a matter of time before all her other credit cards cut her off too. One credit card company is going to discuss a payment plan for Lindsay. But if she doesn’t have the income and can’t make her payments, they are prepared to sue her.”

1244 days ago
105.

ManiacalZebra    

If all jewelry wasn't massively marked up, they wouldn't be able to have those 50% off sales so often. Still there are people who will pay the full price. Because there are, it can be considered fair market.

Here's a wild and impetuous idea. Have the necklace professionally appraised by someone who has ACTUALLY SEEN THE NECKLACE!

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