North Fulton County

Notorious 86-year-old jewelry thief accused of pocketing $2,000 necklace

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Doris Payne has a long history of jewelry thefts spanning more than 50 years.

And police say the 86-year-old has struck again, this time in Dunwoody.

Police said Payne was arrested for allegedly swiping a $2,000 necklace from a Von Maur store on Tuesday. She concealed it in her back pocket and attempted to leave the store, police said.

In 2015, Payne was caught allegedly swiping a pair of earrings worth nearly $700 from the Christian Dior store inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza.


Payne was featured in a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.”

"I've taken a one and a half carat out of Monte Carlo. There has never been a day that I went to steal that I did not get what I want," Payne said in the documentary.

Previous mugshots of Doris Payne.

“According to my research, when she was 20 year old, she started committing crimes,” said Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard.

Police said she has made a lifelong career out of stealing. Mug shots of her arrests date back to the 1960’s.

In July, police suspected her of stealing a $32,000 David Yurman engagement ring from South Park Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to affiliate WSOC.