86-year-old international jewel thief out of jail again – Orange County Register

PALM DESERT — An 86-year-old jewel thief whose decades of exploits include crimes at home and abroad — including the 2013 theft of a diamond ring from a Palm Desert store — is out of custody again following two recent brushes with the law in Georgia.

Doris Payne is accused of stealing $86.22 worth of stolen items from a Walmart in Chamblee, Georgia, but was released last Friday after a judge revoked her probation stemming from a necklace theft from earlier this year. Payne was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet when she was arrested at the Walmart.

That arrest came about six months after she tried to steal a necklace valued at nearly $2,000 from the Von Maur jewelry store at the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Payne was sentenced in Dekalb County Superior Court to three years’ probation in addition to house arrest, and was banned from malls in the Atlanta area for that crime.

Payne’s six-decade criminal career, which was detailed in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” includes a conviction for swiping a 3.5-carat, $22,500 ring from El Paseo Jewelers in Palm Desert.

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