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New Charges for Octogenarian Jewel Thief



    New Charges for Octogenarian Jewel Thief
    Atlanta Police Dept.
    A mugshot of Doris Payne taken on Oct. 23, 2015

    Police just outside Atlanta say a notorious 86-year-old jewel thief has struck again.

    Doris Payne was arrested Tuesday at a Von Maur department store, according to police in the town of Dunwoody, Georgia.

    Payne put a $2,000 necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave the store, according to the police report.

    By her own admission, Payne has been stealing jewelry from high-end stores around the world for six decades. Payne once faced charges in San Diego and Palm Desert.

    In January 2011, Payne was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a $8,900 diamond ring from the Macy’s in San Diego’s Fashion Valley.

    Just last year, she was arrested on suspicion of stealing a $690 pair of earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.

    She was the subject of a 2013 documentary, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne."

    When asked about her exploits in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this year, she said simply: "I was a thief."

    Online jail records did not show any bond information, and it wasn't immediately clear whether Payne had an attorney who could comment.

    Raised in West Virginia, Payne chose her “profession” at the age of 23.  Her arrest record is longer than she can remember. Payne has served time in California, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Colorado and Wisconsin.