Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Bai Ling charged with petty theft

Bai LingActress Bai Ling has been charged with petty theft - after allegedly stealing two magazines and a pack of batteries.

Cops claim the Crow star swiped the items, worth just $16.22, from a shop at Los Angeles International Airport last month.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine. She is not facing jail.

Ling, 37, allegedly stole two copies of Star magazine and a pack of AAA batteries on February 13, shortly before she was due to board a flight to New Mexico.

The Lost guest star was detained at about 4.30pm by a gift shop worker, after she apparently tried to leave the store with $16 of unpaid merchandise.

She was booked for misdemeanor shoplifting, at Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific station, before being released.

The following day Ling told E1 news she hadn't been herself when the alleged incident occurred, because she had recently split from her boyfriend. "Wrong boyfriend," she said.

Yesterday (Monday), the LA City Attorney's office announced that Ling had been formally charged with petty theft.

"[She] was charged based on an arrest that occurred February 13 at LAX, where she stole two Star magazines and a package of batteries," spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

The actress is scheduled to be arraigned at the Airport courthouse on Wednesday.

By Joanne Clements, Mar 04 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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