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EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Lohan's Defense: Jewelry Store Owner's Story To Cops Was 'Inconsistent'


Feb. 10 2011, Published 9:01 a.m. ET

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Lindsay Lohan hopes she will be cleared of a felony grand theft charge because the jewelry store owner told cops varying version of events about what happened on January 22, has exclusively learned.

Lohan's legal team was presented with the police report for the first time on Wednesday when the Mean Girls star, 24, entered a plea of not guilty at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, before Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz.

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In it, according to a source with knowledge of the file, is a major inconsistency in the statements to authorities from the owner of Kamofie & Company, who first raised the alarm that Lohan walked out of her shop with a $2,500 necklace.

"The police report indicates that when the jewelry store owner first reported the theft, she indicated that the surveillance video showed Lindsay putting the necklace in her purse," the insider told

"The owner didn't give the surveillance video to the cops when it was first reported.

"However, after detectives were assigned to the case, from the LAPD Pacific Division, the investigators came back to the store for a follow-up interview with the owner and to take the surveillance video.

"Then, it appears as though the store owner has changed her story.

"She said that the surveillance video didn't show Lindsay putting the necklace in her purse, as she had initially claimed, but instead showed the actress leaving the store with the necklace on."

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Said one source: "This is crucial... Lindsay's lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley is confident that as she continues to obtain discovery on the case, it will only help her client."

Chapman Holley still has not seen the surveillance video, the source added.

Lohan has claimed the necklace was loaned to her by the Venice, California, boutique and that it was her stylist who should have returned it to the store.

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If convicted of the theft charge, Lohan could face up to three years in state prison.

As reported, the actress had her probation revoked during an arraignment, in which she spoke little except to acknowledge her name and that she understood the charge and possible consequences. Lohan posted $40,000 bail and was released about an hour after the hearing.

Last month, Lohan wrapped up a three-month court-ordered stay at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California -- her fifth stint in rehab -- after testing positive for cocaine while on probation.

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