80 Year-Old International Jewel Thief Popped For Stealing Ring From Macy’s Worth 9K

- By Bossip Staff

Dayyuuumm, Granny Doris is getting in like that!!!

She’s an international jewel thief with a five-decade career so dazzling that a Hollywood film starring Halle Berry is rumoured to be in the works.

But the law has finally caught up with 80-year-old Doris Payne – again. The West Virginia woman has been found guilty of stealing a $8,900 diamond ring from a San Diego Macy’s store on January 1, 2010.

She was found guilty on Wednesday of burglary and grand theft. Now she is facing the possibility of more than five years in prison. Prosecutors claim Payne walked away with the ring after viewing it at the Macy’s counter last year. She is then said to have sold it for just under $2,000.

But, despite her long history, her lawyer is claiming that this time, she’s innocent – and it’s a case of mistaken identity. Payne’s modus operandi is alarmingly simple – and, rather than using technology or flashy gadgets, she relies purely on her reading of human nature.

Pretty little things: A $7,500 diamond ring sold by Macy’s. Payne is accused of walking out of a San Diego store branch with a similar ring worth $8,900 in January, 2010. The elderly lady toddles in to jewellery stores and chats with their clerks, innocently asking if she can try on this piece – or that – or how about that one right there.

Eventually she decides not to buy anything and toddles back on out the store. Sometimes it is hours before the clerk realises that, when she left, she was still wearing some of the jewellery – in this latest case, the $8,900 diamond ring. Payne, who claims she has robbed stores from California to Monte Carlo, has already served prison sentences in six states. But her lawyer Gretchen von Helms is vowing that this time Payne is innocent – and it’s a case of mistaken identity.

Von Helms told ABC News that Payne’s career has been so illustrious that ‘if there’s been a jewellery theft and an African-American woman did it, everyone would say, ‘It must’ve been Doris Payne.'” Her client ‘has a certain notoriety’, she said. She also gave her own take on Payne’s modus operandi: ‘What she does is theft by beguilement. She goes in, she’s charming, she talks to folks and leaves. ‘She just happens to have a diamond with her.’

Payne has up to 20 different aliases, five social security numbers, and nine different dates of birth on record, ABCNews said. However she insisted in a 2005 interview that she has retired from a life of crime. Security footage from the Macy’s robbery last year, she says, shows another woman – not her.

The court was not buying it on Wednesday, however. She was found guilty and remanded to be sentenced at a later date.

Wow…definitely sounds like a movie for real..


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  • I Am Legend (Allergic To Darkies)

    LOL @ Granny

  • http://static2.hypem.net/thumbs/2/1089002.png YokoDMV

    smh…so white hollywood thinks halle berry can just play anybody that’s black…

    • JustLuxe



    I’m mad cuz she sold it so cheap!

  • http://besomewheretween.wordpress.com Ms. Jones

    Wow…is all I can say sounds like she was proud to be a thief and Im sorry she can say she retired all she wants but I think Grandma is guilty as sin.

  • Demilicious

    Go granny! I know she was givin da best xmas gifts!! lol


    F*CK HER!! If it woulda been me, I woulda kicked her azz in the back of the knee, and put my damn foot on her neck!! I don’t know if you people know it or not, but when mothaf*ckas steal shyt, the prices go up for everyone, you f*ckin idiots…As usual, we have a bunch of lame azz overweight females dismissing the f*cked up behavior of a BLACK WOMAN that did something that was was totally wrong…(Remember, if you’ll LIE, you’ll STEAL, And if you STEAL, You’ll KILL, And I’ll be DAMNED if her old azz is gonna pop a cap in my azz…I’ll bust her f*ckin hip first!!!) 😈

    • Aj

      Whatever you say bro… You always talking about fat bytches, when your azz is fat as hell. We saw what you looked like when you got exposed, stretch marks all over your arms.

      Like you said, if you’ll lie, you’ll steal…. If that’s the case, your azz been stealing because you damn well been lying. LOL!

      That’s all bro. Have a good day. 🙂


    she still at it? i saw a profile on her years ago. she’s a hoot, not to mention a clepto. 😆

  • Uguess

    Everybody has a hang up hers is diamonds and gold lol!

  • Kris

    LMBAO @ AJ. Everyones knows, but you didn’t have to call him out like that. 🙂

    On to the topic…I respect the elderly but this lady is dead wrong.

  • rain


  • http://www.modelmayhem.com/mizasterling MizASterling

    Guhday Granny, a suh yah move…?

  • get em paid!

    @Daywalker ur right if you steal u will kill! Stealing is also a form of killing!
    @rain lmao…ur right! If she plays aretha I am just going wait for cable lol

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    ok i’m gonna play devil’s advocate (as usual) and say that maybe she has alzheimers and doesn’t remember leaving WITH the merchandise lol???

  • if anything be noble

    Smh @ my granny

  • Deedee_404

    At 80, why waste court time, and money, to prosecute. Just give granny an ankle bracelet and call it a day

  • Honut Sinti

    Retire? No! I will steal until I drop!

  • juliemango

    Lol @ daywalker, ole thief deserves time in a mean nursing home!!!

  • bouyant

    LOL @AJ.

  • gigglgal215

    And we wonder why the youth of today is so out of hand. I bet her children and grandchildren are felons. We got to break to cycle. this is so sad!

  • martika pender

    daywalker take a long walk off a short bridge BYTCH

  • What? You can't be serious!

    LMFAO@ AJ!!!

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