Being arrested is nothing new for Payne. Her pattern has been to serve her time, get out for good behavior and return to her work.
Doris Payne (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
“Payne has an extensive history as a jewelry thief and has been mentioned in a documentary on jewelry thieves,” Stevens said.
The 2013 documentary, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," depicted Payne as a career criminal who began when she was in her 20s. Over the years, Payne has dressed in fine clothes with deep pockets, charmed sales workers at high-end department stores, distracted and slipped out with expensive jewelry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Last October, she was arrested in Atlanta after she allegedly took a pair of $690 Christian Dior earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza.
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At the time, Payne was wanted in North Carolina after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said she stole a $33,000 David Yurman engagement ring from a local mall. She still has not been arrested in connection with that incident, police said.
Payne is in the DeKalb County Jail on a charge of theft by shoplifting, according to records.
“I don’t have any regrets about stealing jewelry,” she said in the documentary. “I regret getting caught.”
— Staff writer Nedra Rhone contributed to this story.