Notorious Jewel Thief Doris ‘Diamond’ Payne Who Stole for 50 Years Across 2 Continents Finally Nabbed at 85… √Legendary jewel thief Doris ‘Diamond’ Payne – a career criminal once wanted on two continents – has been arrested aged 85 for stealing earrings from an Atlanta department store.
Sweet, petite and immaculately turned out, Payne may be the world’s most unlikely international jewel thief.
The 85-year-old has gained infamy for a six-decade criminal career during which she has traveled the world to swipe millions of dollars worth of jewels by making staff ‘forget’ she was carrying them.
Her incredible story has even been turned into a documentary film; The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. There is speculation that a biopic is in the works with Academy Award winner Halle Berry set to star as Payne.
Ten years ago, when she was 75 years old, the thief swore she was done with a lifetime of pilfering jewels across two continents. Several arrests later, in 2013, she said again that she was leaving that life behind.
But it seems that old habits die hard. On a recent visit to Saks Fifth Avenue department store at a mall in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, the octogenarian was allegedly unable to resist the lure of a bit of sparkle.
Unfortunately for Doris, authorities are now so familiar with her history that they were quick to catch her.
A store security guard watching surveillance video saw Payne enter a Christian Dior boutique inside the department store and pocket a $690 pair earrings from a standing shelf, according to police reports.
Payne in court
She was arrested in the mall and officers recovered the pricey earrings from her pocket
Payne is currently being held on shoplifting charges at Fulton County jail, and is also wanted for a similar offense by the sheriff’s office in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.
Born to a coal mining father and a seamstress mother in the remote and impoverished town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, in 1930, Doris Marie Payne was the youngest of six children. #virginia