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Doris Payne, 83-Year-Old Jewel Thief Busted After Vowing Never To Steal Again

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DORIS PAYNE
This undated photo provided by the Costa Mesa Police Department shows Doris Payne. Authorities say the 79-year-old, whose life as a jewel thief inspired a movie has been charged with trying to steal a coat in Southern California. Halle Berry reportedly has agreed to star in an upcoming movie about Payne's life. Halle Berry reportedly has agreed to star in an upcoming movie about Payne's life. (AP Photo/Costa Mesa Police Department) | AP

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — A documentary filmmaker who chronicled the life of a California jewel thief says the 83-year-old woman who was recently arrested in Palm Desert vowed earlier this summer that she wouldn't steal again.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/17xxkp6) that Matthew Pond said Doris Payne made the promise after she was released from a Northern California prison where she was serving time for crimes out of San Diego County.

Payne was arrested Tuesday after she was suspected of stealing a $22,000 ring from a Palm Desert store on Oct. 21.

Over more than five decades, Payne claims to have swiped millions of dollars' worth of jewels in the U.S. and Europe by posing as a well-to-do buyer. She has four theft convictions since 2009 in Southern California.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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