There are a few reasons why Lindsay Lohan is being charged with grand theft over a $2500 necklace. Lindsay seems to have a history with lifting expensive items. This item may not have been the most expensive, but the DA is looking at precedence here.

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That precedence is what might get Lindsay in trouble. All of the accidental items that turn up missing when Lindsay leaves a photo shoot or club? Yuppers.

Sources connected to the case tell us … in deciding whether to prosecute, the D.A.’s Office heavily considered 3 incidents where Lindsay allegedly pilfered expensive items:

– She was suspected of taking a $400,000 necklace in 2009 from an Elle Magazine photo shoot.

– She was accused of stealing a $12,000 mink coat in 2008 from a NYC nightclub.

– She was accused of taking a $35,000 Rolex from a “friend” in 2010.

Lindsay was not prosecuted or convicted in the three cases, but sources say prosecutors not only heavily considered the prior incidents in making their decision … they will ask the judge to admit the 3 incidents into evidence to show “prior bad acts” if the case goes to trial.

Our sources say there are two other factors that weighed heavily in the decision to prosecute:

Lindsay has had repeated run-ins with the law, including 2 DUIs.

Well, the drama begins at 4:30 EST today, when Lindsay is turning herself in. Do you think she will go to jail again or will she be lucky and escape?

Photos via WENN

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