Documentary Tracks Elderly Jewel Thief's 60-Year Crime Spree

83-year-old Doris Payne was arrested again just three months after her July prison release.
3:00 | 11/01/13

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international jewel thief. An american woman under arrest for allegedly stealing a diamond ring. And that is only the beginning. She's been on a crime spree for years. And now, a new documentary is revealing her identity. Abc's nick watt has the story. Reporter: When we think of criminal masterminds. You have a little over $160 million in your vault tonight. You may notice, we're only packing up about half that. Reporter: This is what usually springs to mind. Reporter: Not this. A sweet, old lady. But believe it or not, doris payne is a self-proclaimed international jewel thief, with a rap sheet as long as your arm. There's only one thing that makes it work. I knew how to dress. I knew how to behave. Reporter: Cops say 83-year-old doris just lifted some ice, a diamond ring to you and me, worth 22 grand from a palm desert, california, jewelry store. Looks like she might be going back to the big house. She's too famous. That's what's catching up with her. Reporter: And her 60-year crime spree has just earned her fame if not fortune. A brand-new documentary called "the life and crimes of doris payne." I take a 10.5 carat out of monte carlo. Reporter: Act like you wear diamonds every day. And dress like you can afford it. I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry. Until I got caught. Reporter: She keeps on getting caught and keeps on getting released for good behavior. I can believe it. A sweet, old lady. Doris just got out of the joint back in july. Doing time for a string of hits across california. And just three months later, she's back in prison garb. In the dictionary under recidivist, repeat offender, doris payne's picture. For "good morning america," nick watt, abc news, los angeles.

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