A World Famous 85-Year-Old Jewel Thief Was Arrested After Trying Steal Earrings In Atlanta

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10.27.15

The Atlanta Police Department announced on Tuesday that a woman was arrested for attempting to steal a pair of earrings. This, by itself, is not necessarily big news. People get arrested for trying to steal jewelry every day. What makes this news, however, are these two additional pieces of information:

  • The woman who was arrested is named Doris Payne
  • Doris Payne is a world famous 85-year-old international jewel thief

A world famous 85-year-old international jewel thief?! Dear God. I wonder if she knows the senior citizens from London who pulled off the $300 million Easter heist. I must know more about this, at once. From Atlanta’s CBS 46:

Previous media reports, and the Atlanta Police, call Payne a career criminal whose modus operandi was to trick unsuspecting clerks in jewelry stores into showing her various diamond rings and, in the process, confuse them to the point that they forgot how many items they’d taken out to show. Payne would then take an item.

One report alleges she tried to, at 83 years old, steal a $40,000 ring in California.

Payne reportedly admitted to stealing jewels from Paris, Monaco and Tokyo.

Now, if you are anything like me, you’ve read everything up to this point and immediately started thinking, “This… this must become a movie. Someone must make a movie about the now 85-year-old woman who dedicated her entire life to stealing diamonds from jewelry stores all over the world. I do not care who makes this movie. Someone, anyone, just make it.”

Well, I have excellent news for both of us. Doris Payne’s criminal career is so famous that there was a documentary made about her and Halle Berry was attached to star in a major motion picture about her life a few years back. There hasn’t been much word on that movie recently, but hopefully this will get it back into the front of Hollywood’s mind. There aren’t enough movies about octogenarian jewel thieves. I’ve always said this.

(via CBS 46)

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