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Lindsay's Jeweler -- Her Friend Was a Decoy

4/22/2011 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The owner of the L.A. jewelry store testified today ... Lindsay Lohan and a friend played a shell game when they entered her store back in January, distracting her in order to steal a $2,500 necklace.

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It all went down this morning during Lindsay's preliminary hearing in her felony grand theft case -- Kamofie & Co. owner Sofia Kaman took the stand ... claiming Lindsay's friend, Patrick, distracted her by asking lots of questions about stones, cuts, etc., while Lindsay was trying on the necklace at the center of the case.

Sofia claims Patrick kept the distraction going while Lindsay allegedly covered up the necklace by putting her own jewelry over it ... and then made a beeline for the door.

Shawn Holley then got up and grilled Kaman about selling the surveillance tape for $25,000.  Kaman fired back ... she didn't get a dime.

Judge Sautner will examine the necklace in question.

Court is in recess for lunch, but here's what we think will go down.  The judge will probably reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, on grounds it's not really a serious, felony offense.  Then the judge, we think, will order Lindsay to stand trial.

We also believe Judge Sautner will violate Lindsay's probation, but the likelihood is ... any decision on sending her to jail will be deferred until a verdict in the trial is reached.

The hearing set to start back at 1:30 PM PT -- STAY TUNED FOR MORE LIVE UPDATES.


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TCYB    

Not serious? It's called deception. She is a klepto. If the judge does not make her pay the price now, there will be a next time like the times before.

1250 days ago
2.

Bob    

Is the owner of the jewelry store Persian? That could be a pretty crucial piece of evidence for the defense.

1250 days ago
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chris    

Hey TMZ, you guys need better copy editors!!! Like in, "Judge Sautner says will examine..."

1250 days ago
4.

ted    

LILTY!

1250 days ago
5.

the Seeker    

Bread and Circus
tmz its hard to follow the comment trail..

1250 days ago
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troy    

of course he served as a decoy. i've been sayin' this since day 1. *sips coffee*

1250 days ago
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Bren    

Have her past accusations of theft been brought up so far?

1250 days ago
8.

Carvey    

Sounds like Patrick should be charged in this crime as well. She how fast he rolls over on Lindsay.

1250 days ago
9.

Production Assistant    

He visited the set of Georgia Rule several times. I've never seen so many crew members, including several gay men, take such an instant dislike to a set visitor. It wasn't that he can be extremely effeminate that turned people off - the grips wanted to staple his feet to his flip flops - it just seemed that he was someone that could not be trusted. Lindsay is completely to blame for her problems, but this guy is bad news. He should go back to Valencia, lose the bitchy queen persona and get a life.

1250 days ago
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TRUTH    

Makes me sick how bad this DA has such a hard on for her.
Yes Lindsay is no angel, but she is trying to rectify her mistakes, like rehab, staying sober, it takes time to fix all the issues and make amends, however, when you have a hard up DA or corrupt cops gunning for you, you begin to lose motivation to get yourself on the right track and may say to hell with it.
This opportunistic jewelry owner is making items up 3 x + the actual price she paid for them, so isn't that in essence a level of deceit as well?
Further, the jeweler has made 10x that necklace worth with all the free advertising this has brought to the limelight.

I hate the judicial system and how corrupt it works, Lindsay should pay the jeweler the entire amount for the necklace (2500) and that should be the end of it, versus wasting all the tax payers dollars on this BS case.
This case is what is referred to as GRANDSTANDING! And WE are the ones ultimately paying for it.

1250 days ago
11.

Jen    

Send this trash to jail and charge her for all the f'n hours of court time. Taxpayers should not be liable for her BS.

1250 days ago
12.

Italia    


Lindsay is a pretty girl, it's just too bad she doesn't have the personality to match.

Yeah, the way Radaronline describes the case, it looks like the naysayers were right, Lindsay's gonna walk. Apparently the court is going to violate her probation but not send her to jail unless she's convicted of shoplifting (or petty theft, whatever this charge is going to be after they're finished kissing Lindsay's but).


That's fine, let Lindsay run loose, that will just give her more rope to hang herself again, and then they'll let her go again, and by the time Lindsay gets done running back and forth to court, this won't even be news anymore. I will be the norm.

1250 days ago
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bunny    

We want video. On insession they said all the media was leaving and it looked pretty dead. Does this mean TMZ won't get Lindsay leaving court?

If Lindsay and her friend were purposely doing a con job, don't you think she would have taken a way more nice and expensive item? Seriously. That necklace is a piece of junk!

1250 days ago
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troy    

i hope lilo is ready to fill her lips w/ roach guts & tooth paste while she's locked up in the chokey.

1250 days ago
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andyconda    

why is she still wareing sunglasses in the court room. are her pupils diolated

1250 days ago
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