I came across this story this morning and found it quite interesting. Doris Marie Payne spent over a good 75 years of her life as a jewel thief. She was nicknamed the “Grandmother Thief” and her traits were apparently well known to police. They were also amazed at how easily she distracted shop assistants then walked right out the front door with her loot. She is now 83 and in 2011 pleaded no contest to stealing a $16,000 ring from a Santa Monica store for which she received a sentence of 16 months. She was also found guilty in Jan 2011 of stealing an $8,900 ring from a San Diego Macy’s and sentenced to 5 1/2 years. She was released this year after serving a little over 2 years. She reportedly stole her first diamond in her late 20s hoping to raise money to help her late mother leave an abusive husband. After that she never looked back. She has gone from New York to Las Vegas to London, Paris, Monte Carlo, and Tokyo. She would pick a fine store and look like she belonged. Tell a great story and make sure she had deep pockets.
On 30 Oct 2013, she was back behind bars after allegedly stealing a ring from a jewelry store in Palm Desert. The theft allegedly occurred on 21 Oct 2013 at a shop on El Paseo Drive.
Now after all these years her life as a jewel thief are coming to the big screan. A new movie is in the works called “Who Is Doris Payne?” telling the story of a woman who spent over 75 years as a jewel thief. The woman cast to play her is none other than Halle Berry herself and I can’t think of a better woman to play her either. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see her naked too. Hey, I guy can hope.