7 Celebrities Caught Shoplifting

Famous Shoplifters

If you’ve ever doubted that celebrities really do have flaws like everyone else and are prone to error, just consider the long list of actors, models, athletes and even politicians who have participated in one of the simplest crimes there is: shoplifting. These people may be famous, wealthy and powerful enough to have anything they could ever want, but at one point or another, they seemed to feel the compulsion to steal something from a store without paying for it, and often those items were worth just a few dollars. Photo Credit: Daquella Manera


Lindsay Lohan

In the beginning of the year, Lindsay Lohan, an actress and musician, was caught on video walking out with a $2,500 necklace (expensive, yes, but certainly affordable for her) from a jewelry store without paying for it, and was eventually sentenced to 120 days in jail and community service, though the jail portion was ultimately replaced by house arrest. Photo Credit: avrilllllla


Winona Ryder

Of all the celebrity shoplifting incidents, Winona Ryder’s may be the most infamous. Ryder, an Academy Award-nominated actress, was accused of stealing $5,500 worth of clothing and accessories from a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Calif. The defense initially argued that she was only stealing to prepare for a role in a movie and had every intention to pay for the items, but Ryder’s case proved less than persuasive and she was sentenced to three years of probation, 480 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. Photo Credit: Il Piccolo Missionario


Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison, an actress famous for her role in the TV show “Will & Grace,” among others, admitted to stealing $446 worth of costume jewelry from the Robinsons-May department store in 2003. Fortunately for her, since she had no prior record, Morrison was only sentenced to one year of probation and fined $300. Photo Credit: YouTube.com


Farrah Fawcett

Even Farrah Fawcett, one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood in her day, was accused of shoplifting. In fact, she was convicted of it twice back in 1970, both times for taking clothes from retailers. Fawcett later claimed she was trying to exchange clothes, but without the approval of the store itself. She was fined several hundred dollars in total for both incidents. Photo Credit: JustoRuiz, Capturing smiles one shot at a time


Claude Allen

While most of the shoplifters on this list are women, there are some instances of famous men shoplifting as well. Case in point: Claude Allen, a former advisor to President George W. Bush, who was accused of stealing $5,000 worth of products from Target and trying to collect refunds on them. Allen initially denied the charges, but eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation, 40 hours of community service, a $500 fine and he was ordered to pay $850 directly to Target. Photo Credit: YouTube.com


Olga Korbut

Korbut won three gold medals in the 1972 Olympics for her gymnastic skills, but 30 years later, she was in the news again for stealing $19.35 worth of figs and other foods from a grocery store in Atlanta. She avoided jail time and probation by paying a small sum of money to complete an ethics course. Photo Credit: YouTube.com


Britney Spears

The pop music star has been caught shoplifting as well, but at least in her case, the act seemed more about making a scene than about indulging in any kleptomania. In 2009, Spears stole a blue lighter worth $1.39 from a gas station in California, and boasted of the act to nearby paparazzi, reportedly saying, “I stole something. Oh, I’m bad.” The owner of the gas station didn’t bother to press charges. Photo Credit: petercruise


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