85-Year-Old Jewel Thief Arrested at Upscale Mall in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) — An internationally known, 85-year-old jewel thief has been arrested after police say she slipped a pricey pair of earrings into her pocket at an upscale shopping mall in Atlanta.

A police report says Doris Payne, of Long Beach, California, stole a $690 pair of earrings Friday afternoon at the Saks Fifth Avenue at a mall in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether Payne has a lawyer.

Police say a store security guard saw Payne on surveillance video, and she was caught shortly after leaving the store.

She faces a charge of theft by shoplifting and was booked into the Fulton County jail. Police say she is wanted for a similar offense in North Carolina.