In a similar plot of a James Bond movie, an international jewelry thief is police custody in Atlanta, GA.Police believe 85-year-old Doris Payne has been stealing high end jewelry for more than 50 years. She has been stealing high-end jewelry for more than 50 years. Her crimes have been traced to Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, and the United States.
July 11, Payne took a $33,000 diamond engagement ring from David Yurman jewelers at South Park Mall, reported by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Atlanta police say they caught her this time after she slipped a pair of earrings costing $690 into her pocket at the Christian Dior store inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. A loss prevention specialist reported that he observed her on surveillance video, according to a police report.
“I think these officers just thought it was a run of the mill shoplifting. They took the woman into custody and short time there after they get notice that another jurisdiction had a warrant for her and she was an international thief,” said Sgt. Warren Pickard, with the Atlanta Police Department.
“She put them in her pocket and politely walked out of the store,” Pickard said.
Doris Payne is known internationally for stealing high-end jewelry around the world. She was even featured in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne .”
“According to my research, when she was 20 year old, she started committing crimes,” Pickard said.
Police say she has made a lifelong career out of stealing, mugshots of her arrests date back to the 1960’s.
Atlanta police say she is also wanted for crimes out of North Carolina.
Her attorney said Ms. Payne is in good spirits, but having some health issues.
Source WSBTV Atlanta