86-Year-Old Jewel Thief Is Back On The Prowl In Atlanta

Don't let this sweet old lady fool you, she's one notorious jewel thief!

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Doris Payne strikes again. The 86-year-old notorious jewel thief, who has kept authorities hot on her lead since the 1970s, has stolen a $2,000 necklace.

According to the AP, Payne was arrested after she put the pricey baubles in her back pocket at the Von Maur store outside of Atlanta. She faces charges of shoplifting.

Just last year, Payne was accused of scamming a $690 pair of earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta. 

This OG thief, who could easily pass for a sweet old lady, is so well-known for her crimes that she was the subject of a documentary. And she makes no bones about who she is. "I was a thief," she casually told the AP earlier this year.

She began a career of crime in her 20s when she realized how easy it was to distract a store employee and slip out with expensive pieces. She says that she supported herself by stealing jewelry. Authorities claim that Payne has used at least 22 aliases over the years. Industry trade group Jewelers' Security Alliance has sent out warnings about her as early as the 1970s.

Payne has yet to comment on her most recent heist.

[Photo: AP]

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