LA man pleads not guilty to stealing from Catwoman

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 4:51 PM

A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing $25,000 in jewelry from actress Julie Newmar, who portrayed the first Catwoman on the 1960s "Batman" TV series,

Newmar, 76, spotted the pilfered jewelry for sale on eBay and alerted authorities. Robert Ouriel, 48, pleaded not guilty to grand theft Thursday, one day after Los Angeles prosecutors charged him.

Ouriel's attorney, Jeff Rubenstein, said he expects his client will be vindicated.

"Mr. Ouriel wants to clear his name quickly and I believe this case will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction very soon," Rubenstein said.

Ouriel was arrested last month and remains free on $50,000 bail. Prosecutors say he was an acquaintance of Newmar's and allegedly sent the items to an Illinois pawn shop that listed them for sale online.