Los Angeles police were contacted immediately after a Venice jewelry store suspected Lindsay Lohan had stolen a $2,500 necklace from their establishment, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively, but waited to issue a search warrant until they’d seen the troubled Hollywood starlet actually wearing it.
According to a law enforcement source, "the jewelry store staff noticed that the necklace was missing soon after Lindsay left the store. The LAPD was notified that day and a police report was filed.”
Our source said the report was filed well before pictures of Lindsay wearing the necklace surfaced, which made for further evidence, as well as an investigative tool for police.
"It's almost as if Lindsay wants to get caught," our source said. "She is photographed everywhere she goes. Past allegations of Lindsay being accused of stealing are being looked at also, even though she has never been charged before for allegedly stealing.
"Things aren't looking good for Lindsay -- she could be looking at state prison," our source said, adding that even the Mean Girls' star's skilled attorney Shawn Chapman Holley "won't be able to get Lindsay out of this one if Lindsay is charged.
"There is just to much evidence against Lindsay this time," our source said.
Our source said that a chief reason police waited a few weeks to request the search warrant was because they wanted to see if Lindsay would wear the necklace.
"Investigators wanted to see if Lindsay was going to wear the necklace in question," our source said. "The store owner worked with cops, and Lindsay was caught on camera several days ago wearing the necklace. It was after that picture was discovered that cops went to the judge to get the search warrant.
"Cops wanted to make sure the search warrant was approved, and they took the extra step of having a picture of Lindsay wearing the necklace almost ten days after the alleged theft."
We caught up with Lindsay's father Michael Wednesday, and he denied any wrongdoing on his daughter's part.
“I'm not going to let people continue to distort things: Lindsay never stole a necklace," Michael told RadarOnline.com exclusively. "People give Lindsay things all the time on consignment and when they need to be returned, they're returned. Bottom line -- that's it."
Lindsay, 24, returns to court February 25 for a probation hearing.
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