83-year-old jewel thief — busted again!

An 83-year-old career criminal who says she has stolen jewelry the world over has been arrested on charges of trying to steal a $40,000 ring in California.

Doris Marie Payne, who was the subject of a documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony larceny, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Payne “was implicated in a jewelry theft” at a jewelry store in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 21, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

She was released from prison this year after serving 2 1/2 years of a 5 1/2 year sentence for stealing an $8,900 ring from a department store in San Diego.

She told a Los Angeles Times reporter for a story published in 2008 she was in her late 20s the first time she stole a diamond and has lost count of how much jewelry she has stolen…

Payne, who was being held on $45,000 bond, is also to be the subject of a feature film

I hope she’ll make enough from the film to retire, eh?

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