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Lindsay Lohan has a long history of shady behavior, including stealing.

That’s what the L.A. District Attorney will try to convince a judge and jury in the star’s upcoming felony grand theft trial, provided the train wreck doesn’t accept a plea deal that will send her to jail for a negligible amount of time.

If she does decide to take her chances at trial, Lohan, who stands accused of ganking a $2,500 necklace, can expect D.A. Danette Myers to provide a nice rundown of the past incidents in which Lindsay has been accused of such things.

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“There is very damaging information about Lindsay’s past thefts, including a stolen Rolex, which a friend of hers reported as stolen last April 2010,” says an insider.

This will be made public if she doesn’t take the plea deal, the source adds, saying Lindsay was investigated by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department last spring.

The watch was valued at a shocking $35K, and like the current theft case, Linds was photographed wearing the watch. Lohan wasn’t charged then. Why, you ask?

“The victim became uncooperative as soon as the watch was returned,” the source said, noting that Meyers “wants to know if there was a financial pay off.”

 
Lohan was also accused of stealing a mink coat from Maria Markova in New York in January 2008. Markova said that Lohan took the coat at a nightclub, 1 Oak.

The coat was valued at $12K. Markova claimed she was sitting next to Lohan, who later wore it in a magazine spread, at the club when it was allegedly stolen.

This will establish a pattern of behavior, experts believe, that Meyers will use to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lindsay is guilty in this particular case:

“It doesn’t matter that she wasn’t criminally charged in those previous incidents. Lindsay has entitlement issues, which have led her down a very dark road.”

“If Lindsay is smart, she will take the plea deal,” the source says. “Lindsay won’t know what hit her if the case proceeds to a preliminary hearing, and trial.”

“Lindsay truly has no idea how bad this could get, and how fast.”

Media reports circulated last week that Lindsay’s probation report could be harmful to Lohan, but not because it includes anything on past theft incidents.

Those infractions have to do with not attending alcohol education classes, not showing up for court, tampering with her ankle monitor and so on and so on.

If Lindsay decides to take the plea deal, it will go down this week. There will be no court appearance on Friday if she foolishly decides to proceed to trial.

Lindsay’s next court appearance would be on April 21 for her preliminary hearing in that case. But odds are she will suck it up and plea bargain this week.

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