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Wed Oct 28, 2015, 12:16 AM

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne, 85, charged in earring heist

Source: Associated Press

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne, 85, charged in earring heist

The Associated Press
Wednesday 28 October 2015 03.57 GMT

An 85-year-old international jewellery thief was back behind bars on Tuesday, charged with stealing a pair of $690 earrings from an upmarket department store in Atlanta, 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 Friday, according to a 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 Tuesday.

Ten years ago she 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.

Payne is said to have committed countless thefts over six decades in the US and Europe and has discussed her exploits in media interviews over the years.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/28/notorious-jewel-thief-doris-payne-85-charged-in-earring-heist-

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