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Jewelry thief Doris Payne strikes again at metro Atlanta mall

Doris Payne, who has stolen about $2 million worth of jewelry over the last six decades and reflected on her crimes in a documentary, is in trouble again.

Payne, 86, was arrested Tuesday at the Von Maur department store inside Perimeter Mall after she allegedly stole a diamond necklace, Dunwoody police said Wednesday in an incident report.

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Police received a call about the theft just before 5:15 p.m.

“In this incident, Payne concealed a $2,000 necklace in her back pocket and attempted to exit the store,” Dunwoody police spokesman Mark Stevens said.

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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.

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