Monday, November 4, 2013

Infamous elderly jewel thief, Doris Payne, has been arrested for allegedly stealing a $22,500 diamond ring from a California jeweler.

Doris has allegedly been charged with felony larceny and being held on $45,000 bail after she was arrested on Oct. 29th for a jewelry theft that happened eight days earlier. 
Payne, who claims to have stolen more than $2 million in jewels from dozens of stores from Japan to Monte Carlo, has a recent rap sheet which includes arrests in 2011 and 2005. According to a 2005 Denver Post article, she has escaped from custody twice, in 1968 and 1987.
Raju Metha, manager of El Paseo Jewelers in Palm Desert, Calif., believes Payne came into his store earlier in the month, and spent 45 minutes looking at items. After she left, employees discovered a $21,000 diamond ring was missing, he says.  
“I have been in retail for years, and never had anything like this happen,” he says. “You don’t suspect because she is elderly. I have to give her credit: She is excellent at what she does.”
“She has got to be, by far, the most long-lasting jewelry criminal we have ever had the opportunity to know,” says Jewelers’ Security Alliance president John J. Kennedy. “It is extraordinarily rare for someone to keep doing this. Her rap sheet is like a book.” 
Her long, fabled criminal career inspired a recent documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, and there have been reports of a movie of her life starring Halle Berry.


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