Crime

Notorious Jewelry Thief, 85, Charged In Atlanta Earring Heist

Doris Payne

An 85-year-old international jewelry thief was back behind bars on Oct. 27, charged with stealing a pair of $690 earrings from an Atlanta store in the latest caper of her decades-long career as a jet-setting burglar with sparkling taste.

Doris Payne was caught pocketing a pair of Christian Dior earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Atlanta on Oct. 23, according to an Atlanta police report.

The subject of a 2013 documentary, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," she was charged with shoplifting and remained in the Fulton County jail on Oct. 27. Payne faces extradition to Charlotte, North Carolina, on another jewelry theft charge, police said.

Police said they arrested the 5-foot-1, 110-pound Payne after store security personnel spotted her on video. Payne was apprehended at an adjoining shopping mall, and the earrings were found in her pocket, according to the police report.

Payne told police she lives in Long Beach, California.

The 2013 documentary film chronicled Payne's more than 60-year, $2 million career as a jewelry thief and how she "managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes," according to the film's website.

"I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry," she told the filmmakers. "There was never a day when I went to steal that I did not get what I went to do."

In 2013, Payne was charged with stealing a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a California jewelry store. After her arrest, a judge initially refused to release her on bond, noting that Payne had previously listed her occupation on court records as "jewelry thief," the Los Angeles Times reported.

(By David Beasley; Editing by Letitia Stein and Will Dunham) Photo credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via KTLA

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