Store says no "pay later" deal with Lohan on necklace

Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:51pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jewelry store owner testified on Friday that Lindsay Lohan left her store without paying for a $2,500 necklace, and said there had been no agreement to pay for it later.

Sofia Kaman, the owner of Kamofie & Co jewelry store, told a preliminary court hearing that on January 22 Lohan came into her store, tried on a gold necklace and left. She noticed 10 minutes after the actress left that the necklace was missing.

Prosecutor Danette Meyers asked, "Have you ever entered into an agreement with the defendant that she could come into your store, take your jewelry and pay for it later?"

"No," Kaman said.

Lohan, 24, denies stealing the necklace. Friends have said the "Mean Girls" actress believed the jewelry was on loan.

Friday's preliminary hearing marked the first opportunity for Lohan's lawyer to present her side of the story, and for prosecutors to publicly lay out evidence against the actress.

A judge will then decide whether Lohan should stand trial for felony grand theft. She faces a prison term if convicted.

The case is the latest in a string of legal woes for Lohan who has been in and out of rehab, jail and courtrooms since 2007. She sat calmly through Friday's proceedings, dressed in a dark jacket and blue pants with a white scarf.   Continued...

<p>Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>