Lindsay Lohan’s court appearance today in L.A. on a charge of felony grand theft included testimony by the owner of the Venice, Calif., jewelry store from which the actress is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace, TMZ.com reported.
Sofia Kaman, owner of Kamofle & Co., seemed to imply the theft was premeditated and orchestrated. She reportedly said Lohan’s friend Patrick, who was in the store with her, served as a decoy, distracting the shop owner with questions while the actress tried on the necklace in a different part of the store.
Kaman said the distraction continued while Lohan allegedly concealed the necklace by placing her own jewelry over it and then headed for the door.
The hearing to determine whether Lohan will have to stand trial was expected to continue this afternoon, with the judge in the case expected to examine the necklace. The value of the necklace could determine whether Lohan’s charge is reduced to a misdemeanor, something some observers were predicting would happen.
Also possibly to be decided today is whether Lohan violated her probation on previous charges. The report predicts that the decision on whether to send Lohan back to jail on any probation violation would be deferred until the verdict comes in on the theft charge.