A glamour queen of the 1930s and ’40s who starred in several films including Ecstasy and Sampson and Delilah, Hedy Lamarr was arrested in 1991 for stealing $21 worth of laxative tablets and eye drops from an Eckerd drugstore. And this wasn’t the first time: In 1966 Lamarr was arrested for stealing a pair of $86 slippers from a Los Angeles May Company department store, and she repeated her crime in 1977.
The Transformers star was once a rebellious teenager with a penchant for free cosmetics. Fox was arrested at a Florida Walmart for stealing a $7 tube of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen lip-gloss, and was sentenced to several weeks of gift-wrapping over the holidays. While the actress claims she was never actually banned from the store, she’s never stepped inside a Walmart again.
As a gymnast, Olga Korbut was lauded for winning three gold medals at the 1972 Olympics, but there was no celebrating her 2002 arrest for shoplifting $19.35 worth of figs and other food items from a grocery store in Atlanta.
The actress was arrested at LAX after allegedly swiping $16 worth of tabloid magazines and batteries from an airport shop. She paid a misdemeanor fine and later told press that the episode was the result of a breakup-induced “emotionally crazy day.”
Lohan’s troubles have been well documented by the media, including her 2011 arrest for the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace from Kamofie, a jewelry store in Venice, California. The Mean Girls star claimed the item in question was actually loaned to her by an employee, who later testified against her.
Before fighting crime as one of Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett was relishing in it as a shoplifter, reportedly stealing clothes from two boutiques that she claimed refused to honor her exchange. The actress pleaded guilty to lesser charges of trespassing and was fined $125 and $265 for both of the infractions. We suppose keeping the clothing in question would’ve been a savvier decision.
Who can forget Winona Ryder’s infamous arrest in 2001 following a fraught attempt to steal more than $5,000 worth of designer goods from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue? The actress was convicted of grand theft and vandalism, sentenced to probation and 480 hours of community service, and required to pay $6,355 in restitution. She later said she was under the influence of painkillers at the time, which, judging by these tees, the public totally bought.
In 1993, tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati made the news for her off-the-court antics when she was caught shoplifting a $15 ring from a jewelry store at a Tampa mall. Capriati’s attorney claimed that she had tried on several rings and forgot to remove one before exiting the store. Judging by the accessory’s price tag, we think this defense is entirely plausible.
Remember when Britney went batshit crazy -- shaving her head, terrorizing paparazzi and eloping with a friend to Vegas? That was around the time she was repeatedly caught on camera stealing merchandise from various stores. She reportedly lifted a cigarette lighter from a gas station, a funky wig from a sex shop after employees refused to let her try on a pair of underwear, and a $200 top from Fred Segal, which she walked out wearing.
In 2008, British model/socialite Peaches Geldof (daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates) was accused of stealing undergarments and a designer dress from a high-end boutique in east London. Three years later, Geldof was allegedly seen swiping approximately $100 worth of makeup from Boots, but similar to what happened following her first supposed offense, no charges were filed.
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In honor of some of the best embarrassing brushes with the law, Do You Remember looks back at a few famous faces whose sticky fingers have earned them some unwanted publicity.