Infamous 84-year-old jewel thief named in NC mall heist

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the jewelry world, the name of Doris Payne commands, if not respect, at least concern.

Police said Payne, 84, is a world-renowned thief who has been stealing high-end jewelry for more than 50 years. Her crimes have been traced to Greece, Britain, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo and the United States.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department believes that on July 11, Payne took a $33,000 diamond engagement ring from David Yurman jewelers at South Park Mall.

They would not confirm that with WSOC, but the station obtained a copy of an email sent from police to several local jewelers following the heist.

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