84-Year-Old Jewel Thief Allegedly Strikes Again, Continues To Outsmart Jewelers Everywhere

Jeweler David Yurman is likely feeling some payne right about now.

Police allege Doris Payne, an unassuming-looking 84-year-old and notorious international jewel thief, swiped a $33,000 ring from a Yurman store earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Jezebel.

“She is very good. She fooled the manager at David Yurman,” read an email from local police, People reports. The email said Payne distracts store staff and then uses sleight of hand to make off with pricey baubles.

Payne, a career criminal who reportedly started stealing in her 20s as a means to support her family, has been arrested countless times and used at least 22 aliases, according to NBC. She recently served time for stealing a 3.5 carat, $22,500 ring in California. She was sentenced to five years in prison, but only served three months due to overcrowding, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Payne’s life has been followed in stories and interviews and the 2013 documentary, “The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne.” Halle Berry was once in talks to play her in a feature film about her life.

Part of the fascination surrounding Payne is the fact that she’s been able to rob jewelry stores so often. If previous getaways are any indication of her current whereabouts, Dovy Klarberg, vice president of Diamonds Direct Southpark, told the Observer, “My guess is that Doris is long gone.”

The alleged theft may have broken a vow Payne made in 2013 to “never steal again.”

“I’ve had regrets, and I’ve had a good time,” she once told NBC in an interview.

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