At 83 years old, Doris Payne, is back behind bars. On October 21th, she used her conniving talent to steal a $22,000 ring in Palm Desert, California. She was not arrested until a day later when the store merchant realized the ring was missing and was duped. Payne has been using the same technique for the past six decades- charming the workers, wearing fashionable clothes, claiming to come into some money, and at some point distracting the worker.
Who is Doris Payne? She is one of the most notorious jewel thieves in the world. Payne has stolen from across the globe including London, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, Paris, and Greece. Jewelers’ Security Alliance president, John J. Kennedy, says “she has got to be, by far, the most long-lasting jewelry criminal we have ever had the opportunity to know”. He also states that “her rap sheet is like a book”. Her history has pushed to a possible movie called “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne”.
Has Payne’s journey finally come to an end? I think so. That is, of course, if she is found guilty of this crime. There has been several times where she has been wrongfully accused due to her notoriety. However, she should have realized that technology is too sophisticated these days and she is likely caught on camera. If convicted, I do not believe the judge will be as sympathetic as every past judge has been. There is no deterring this recidivist. Just three months after being released from jail for a similar incident, she goes out and commits this crime. She has been convicted at least nine times for stealing!
Payne will be back in court and arraigned on November 5th, 2013.
Do you think her jewelry sniping career is officially over? Will the court system finally keep her in for good without releasing her on good behavior like in the past?
Picture: Doris Payne
Sources: Notorious Jewel Thief