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The inspiration for Who is Doris Payne? is caught stealing a Burberry trench coat, police say

January 26, 2010 06:00 PM

Doris Payne, international jewel thief and namesake of an upcoming Halle Berry film, allegedly has struck again – at age 79.

Payne was arrested Friday for removing the tags from a $1,300 Burberry trench coat at a Costa Mesa, Calif., Saks Fifth Avenue and walking out without paying, according to police.

The subject of the film Who is Doris Payne?, the West Virginia native has a rap sheet at least six feet long, and is known for her lifelong career pilfering diamond rings from jewelry stores from Las Vegas to New York, and Paris to Tokyo.

Payne, who was out on parole at the time of her arrest, is currently in custody without bail for a probation violation.

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