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December 15, 2013
Re "At 83, career jewel thief to stand trial once more," Dec. 12 In your article on 83-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne, you describe how she tried on a diamond ring valued at $22,500. Later, Payne took the ring to a secondhand dealer and tried to sell it for $1,000. The dealer refused after complaining about the imperfections and size and offered $800. Let me see if I have this right: The first store priced the diamond ring at $22,500, and another dealer wouldn't even pay $1,000 for it. And they have the nerve to call Payne a thief ?
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December 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
A Riverside County Superior Court judge is expected to rule this week on whether the money an 83-year-old career jewel thief wants to use to post her jail bond is from a legitimate source. The hearing over Doris Payne's $65,000 bail is scheduled for Friday. A trial readiness conference was scheduled for early February. Payne, whose exploits have garnered international headlines, is charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft - she is accused of stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store in October - and has pleaded not guilty.
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BUSINESS
March 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Most likely you've never heard of Walter L. Shaw. But it's just as likely that his inventions have been a regular part of your life.  Here are a few things Shaw invented: Call forwarding. Conference calling. Touch-tone dialing. The answering machine. A burglar alarm that calls the police. The White House "red phone" that provided an emergency link between Washington and Moscow.  OK, so you haven't used the last one. But still, it's an impressive list of stuff conceived by a man awarded 39 patents who eventually died penniless and relatively unknown.  Opening Friday is "Genius on Hold," a documentary that tells the story of Shaw that might be remarkable even if you didn't know it was made by his son, Walter Shaw Jr., one of the world's most notorious jewel thieves.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Hyberbole?
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December 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
A Riverside County Superior Court judge is expected to rule next week on whether the money an 83-year-old career jewel thief wants to use to post her jail bond is from a legitimate source. On Thursday, attorneys scheduled the hearing over Doris Payne 's $65,000 bail for Jan. 3. A trial readiness conference was scheduled for early February. Payne, whose exploits have grabbed international headlines, is charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft -- she is accused of stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store in October -- and has pleaded not guilty . In his decision this month to keep Payne in custody in lieu of $65,000 bail pending a hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood noted that the 83-year-old had listed her occupation on court papers as "jewelry thief" -- something she had done in at least one previous arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By KTLA
An 83-year-old woman who claims to be an international jewel thief with a five-decade career was back behind bars Wednesday after allegedly stealing a ring from a jewelry store in Palm Desert. Doris Marie Payne was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony larceny, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The theft allegedly occurred on Oct. 21 at a shop on El Paseo Drive. The octogenarian, who is the subject of the documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” has been jailed in several states.
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October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Doris Payne, 83, an international jewel thief who has been in and out of prison for decades, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Indio. Payne, who is the focus of a recent documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles County eight days after she allegedly walked into a Palm Desert jewelry store and stole a $22,000 diamond ring. On Oct. 18, a veteran detective at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Palm Desert alerted authorities after recognizing Payne from a 2010 theft and arrest, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An attorney for Doris Payne -- the 83-year-old notorious jewelry thief now facing charges in Riverside County -- said evidence should be the focus of his client's latest case, rather than her history. Payne pleaded not guilty Tuesday to  one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft amid allegations that she stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store. One of her attorneys, Guadalupe Valencia -- who represented Payne in a 2011 San Diego County case -- told The Times that onlookers should "hold judgment" on the octogenarian.
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December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO -- Doris Payne , the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case out of Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
WORLD
July 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A lone jewel thief who struck the lavish Carlton InterContinental hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes made off with $136 million in diamond-encrusted watches and gems, in one of the biggest jewel heists in history, French authorities said Monday. Initially, the jewels stolen midday Sunday were valued at $53 million. A subsequent inventory disclosed that more had been taken from a poorly guarded hotel room, where items were being stored for a diamond exhibit by the Dubai-based Leviev diamond house, Philippe Vique of the regional prosecutor's office told local media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
An 80-year-old woman who authorities said spent decades as an international jewel thief faces more than five years in state prison after she was convicted this week of stealing an $8,900 diamond ring from a San Diego mall. But her efforts to be released on bail before sentencing were thwarted when prosecutors discovered surveillance tape of her casing a department store jewelry counter. Doris Payne was convicted Wednesday of grand theft and burglary by a San Diego County jury in connection with the Jan. 2 theft of the ring from a Macy's department store.
OPINION
December 15, 2013
Re "At 83, career jewel thief to stand trial once more," Dec. 12 In your article on 83-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne, you describe how she tried on a diamond ring valued at $22,500. Later, Payne took the ring to a secondhand dealer and tried to sell it for $1,000. The dealer refused after complaining about the imperfections and size and offered $800. Let me see if I have this right: The first store priced the diamond ring at $22,500, and another dealer wouldn't even pay $1,000 for it. And they have the nerve to call Payne a thief ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO -- Doris Payne , the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case out of Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Speaking from his hospital bed, Brian Ludmer said this week that he used a sweat shirt as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding after he was shot by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport. "I didn't know what his intention was," Ludmer said, according to CBS Los Angeles . "I only saw me and him. ... I was in total panic. " The 29-year-old Calabasas High School teacher was on his way to Chicago on Friday for a wedding when gunfire broke out in Terminal 3, sending people scurrying for cover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An attorney for Doris Payne -- the 83-year-old notorious jewelry thief now facing charges in Riverside County -- said evidence should be the focus of his client's latest case, rather than her history. Payne pleaded not guilty Tuesday to  one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft amid allegations that she stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store. One of her attorneys, Guadalupe Valencia -- who represented Payne in a 2011 San Diego County case -- told The Times that onlookers should "hold judgment" on the octogenarian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Doris Payne, the 83-year-old woman with a decades-long history of jewel thievery, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from her latest case in Riverside County. Payne, whose capers stretched across the globe and inspired a documentary, pleaded not guilty to one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft, Riverside County district attorney's spokesman John Hall said. A settlement conference was scheduled for Nov. 20 in Indio, he added. Payne was arrested last week after she allegedly stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a jewelry store on El Paseo, Palm Desert's luxurious row of shops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Doris Payne, 83, an international jewel thief who has been in and out of prison for decades, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Indio. Payne, who is the focus of a recent documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles County eight days after she allegedly walked into a Palm Desert jewelry store and stole a $22,000 diamond ring. On Oct. 18, a veteran detective at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Palm Desert alerted authorities after recognizing Payne from a 2010 theft and arrest, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The tiny jail on Catalina Island is hardly Alcatraz. Just ask Frank Carrillo. The pro golfer turned jewel thief couldn't believe his luck when he was moved out of his bleak Men's Central Jail cell in downtown L.A. and allowed to do his time on the sunny tourist isle. But things got even cushier when he met a Los Angeles County sheriff's captain interested in shaving a few strokes off his golf game. Carrillo said Capt. Jeff Donahue escorted him in a patrol Jeep to a hilltop golf course last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather
When Doris Payne, an 83-year-old international jewel thief with a decades-long rap sheet, was last released from prison, she vowed she wouldn't steal again, a documentary filmmaker said. Matthew Pond, who co-produced and co-directed the 2013 film "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," said Payne was released this summer from a Northern California prison where she was serving time for convictions out of San Diego County. Her latest incarceration was difficult, Pond said, as the octogenarian has lung problems, which the colder air up north didn't help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
PALM DESERT - Doris Payne - demure, elegant and 83 - is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn't use muscle and she doesn't rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.
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