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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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patty    

How can this NOT be serious? STOP trying to stick up for her TMZ, the dumbass is a thief. If this were anyone else they would already be in the slammer!

FRIGGIN THIEVES........

1178 days ago
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arnie    

This is going to trial.

1178 days ago
18.

Italia    

TO: ted who wrote:
“LILTY!”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

LOL !

1178 days ago
19.

Jen    

He is her coke connect. They were most likely in need of some disposable cash for their nose candy. Loser trash.

1178 days ago
20.

aston    

This sounds like a farce to me. All is speculation about what people may have been thinking while they touched their hair or talked about gems and cuts. Fine her for not giving the necklace back in time, that seems to be all there is to it.

1178 days ago
21.

R    

Jewelers are all thieves. Et tu, Lohan?

1178 days ago
22.

Sonja    

Good you know what go ahead and lower it to a misdemeanor... she'll be found guilty for that easier than the felony.. point is she STILL stole the necklace and she still violated her probation and she should STILL be doing some jail time.. I don't care if it's 14 days or not.. it's better than her walking.. again.

1178 days ago
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Italia    

TO: Bob who wrote: "Is the owner of the jewelry store Persian? That could be a pretty crucial piece of evidence for the defense."

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

How so? What has being "Persian" got to do with anything?

1178 days ago
24.

bruceben9    

hey bob. there's no doubt that you are a complete d9ickhe8ad. crawl back under the dog doo you slithered from under. blech! yuck! what a piece of garbage.

1178 days ago
25.

Wiley    

So you're saying that we should all be allowed to steal and just hold on to the stuff so we can give it back if we get caught? We should all steal the designer items because we can buy the fakes from China for misdemeanor prices? I agree. Lindsay is grandstanding and using her supposed celebrity to muck up the system and we have to pay for it. Lilty should pay all the court costs.

1178 days ago
26.

Julie    

Of course I don't really now, but her photos from today make me think she is big time using again. Look at her forehead -- way, way, way too many wrinkles for a woman her age. They had disappeared for a bit. Of course, it could be that she is just in need of a Botox touch up. After hearing about the earring and the Patrick decoy, I am more disgusted than ever with this girl. Someone needs to be real with her. It would be great if it was this Judge, like Judge Marsha was last July.

1178 days ago
27.

bruceben9    

i don't see how anyone can any longer find this woman attractive. she is incredibly ugly. inside and out.

1178 days ago
28.

Italia    


TO: TRUTH 7 who wrote: “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…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You do realize that you make people wanna puke when you play Lindsay as the innocent “victim” and everybody else as the bad guys, don’t you?

Nobody made her go in there and steal anything. Lindsay has been given time and all the tools she needs to straighten up, and if she doesn’t get it together TODAY, she going to be given even more time to straighten up, get it?

1178 days ago
29.

mousetrap    

I think the charges may get dropped altogether. I didn't realize the store talked with her right after she left and an agreement was made for her to return the necklace the next day. At that point, it becomes possible to view it as a loan, even if she did "accidently" (ha) walk out with it. If the store really took it seriously as a theft, they should have called the police right away. It doesn't make Lindsey right, it just starts to make things very murky. Maybe not enough to take it to trial.

1178 days ago
30.

Squirtle    

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.

Is this for real? Are you kidding me! You guys are not Law! Get over it! You are just a stupid celebrity gossip website! Not CIA, FBI, NSA, NASA, just a simple website.
I mean, how can you say something like this? Just stupid way of sayin. Lindsey will get out with misdemeanor, because we said so. Judge knows we can ruin him!

Idiots!
TMZ Where Time Means Zero!

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