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Stiviano Arrested by SMPD In 2004

 

The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racist rant has two shoplifting arrests under her designer belt - but the cases were later expunged, sources said.

V. Stiviano first was busted for sticky fingers at a Ross Dress for Less store in Los Angeles in 2002 and was picked up again in 2004 at an Old Navy in Santa Monica, the sources said.

Going by the aliases Monica Gallegos and Vanessa Perez, Stiviano entered the Old Navy store at 7:40 p.m. one night in January 2004 and allegedly took nine items without paying, an arrest record revealed.

The store valued the items at $174.50, the arrest record said.

She was arrested for petty theft and burglary, and a mug shot obtained by reporters, shows a youthful Stiviano minus her now-signature visor.

"It was a long time ago, when she was very young," a source close to Stiviano told reporters Wednesday. "They were eventually expunged after probation, and she moved on."

Stiviano was 19 at the time of the 2002 arrest, which ended with a year of probation and a work program.

She was 21 for the Old Navy bust and eventually received a sentence of one day in jail and two years of probation.

Stiviano, now 31, also had a 2010 arrest for felony drug possession, but the case was dropped when testing of the pills found in her purse proved they were vitamins, her civil lawyer Mac Nehoray told The News.

No charges were ever filed.

She had another brush with the law on Sept. 22, 2012, when she was pulled over near the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles for blowing through a stop sign at "30-plus" miles per hour, an arrest report released by the LAPD states.

According to TMZ, Stiviano reached out to Sterling after the initial recordings went viral. Investigators with the Los Angeles County district attorney are investigating whether Stiviano attempted to extort the Clippers owner over more recordings still in her possession, TMZ reported.

The Clippers released a statement blaming Stiviano for the leak, but she has repeatedly denied through her lawyer that it was her.

Her lawyer said a third party who had a copy of the recording may have released it.

Stiviano declined to comment when contacted by The News outside her Los Angeles house Tuesday and on her cell phone Wednesday.

A D.A. spokeswoman had "no comment" when reached by reporters.

 

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