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Surveillance Video of Lohan Could Damage Prosecution's Case
When Lindsay Lohan shops at your jewelry store, you might want to boast. When a Lindsay Lohan shoplifts at your jewelry store, you might want to press charges. A Venice jewelry store has done the latter, but has now sold surveillance video of the former, and that could spell trouble for the prosecution's case, according to LA Now.
Venice's Kamofie and Company, who say Lohan took off with a $2,500 necklace from their shop in January, sold the footage, which is expected to be broadcast on "Entertainment Tonight" today. However, that material is still considered evidence, ans airing it publicly is problematic. "Sources close to the case said the development could bolster claims by Lohan's defense attorneys that the store wanted to make money by accusing Lohan of stealing the necklace."
ET is pretty proud of their purchase, and is teasing viewers by showing stills online, and asking them to "Keep checking ET Online for more updates on this breaking story, and tune in to ET Monday night to see the surveillance video footage, which we licensed exclusively from AP."
In the video, Lohan is "clearly visible," and seen browsing and trying on items, however it does not show her leaving the store with the necklace.
Lohan has pleaded not guilty, and is expected back in court this month to either accept a plea, or begin the trial phase of the case. Should she accept a plea, presiding judge Keith L. Schwartz has made it perfectly clear the actress will face jail time.