News|Meet Doris Payne: Is she innocent or guilty?

When we think of leaving a legacy none of us really consider the legacy of thievery. Never even knew it was possible until we read the recent reports of Doris Payne. Looking at her you would assume that she is a mother, maybe event a grandmother that you may be able to sit and have cookies and milk with-right? According to recent reports of The Atlanta Journal, Doris Payne has been a criminal for six decades which was documented in  2013 her documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne”.  .

Doris Payne (NPR)

Doris Payne
(NPR)

Doris Payne’s methods haven’t changed much in 60 years as an international jewelry thief. The 85-year-old woman still dresses in fine clothing with deep pockets, heads to high-end departments stores and charms the sales staff as they bring expensive jewels out for her viewing. At five-feet-five inches and 135 pounds, she appears harmless. But with a rapid sleight of hand — and a staged distraction — she makes the items she covets disappear.

Those items have included a 10.5 carat diamond ring from Cartier, a three stone diamond and platinum ring from Neiman Marcus, and on Friday, a pair of $690 Christian Dior earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza.

Her latest caper landed her in Fulton County jail for several days on a charge of theft by shoplifting greater than $500. An active warrant in North Carolina for similar charges kept her under a hold in the county jail, said attorney, Shawn McCullers. Payne was expected to be released Tuesday, he said.

“I don’t have any regrets about stealing jewelry. I regret getting caught,” said Payne in the 2013 documentary.

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