ATLANTA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Doris Payne is near-legendary for her attempts at stealing jewelry during the last 60 years, and almost as legendary for how often she gets caught -- with her latest theft and arrest coming Wednesday in Atlanta.
Police arrested Payne Wednesday after she was caught with a $2,000 diamond necklace in her back pocket while trying to leave a department store in a suburban Atlanta mall.
Payne, the subject of the 2013 film "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," has swiped about $2 million worth of jewelry since she was in her 20s and estimates she's been arrested about 20 times while attempting to run the jewels.
"I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry," she said in the documentary. "I regret getting caught."
Dunwoody Police said they received a call from the store around 5:15 p.m. that Payne allegedly put a diamond necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave Von Maur department store at the Perimeter Mall.
Payne was arrested last October at another Atlanta mall after allegedly trying to steal a pair of $690 Christian Dior earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue. At the time, she was wanted in North Carolina on charges she took a $33,000 David Yurman engagement ring from another mall store but has not been arrested for it yet.
"The documentary we made about her focused on a crime she was accused of in San Diego and, during her sentencing, as sad as he was to have to send her to prison, the judge said, 'She's the Terminator. She won't stop,'" Matthew Pond, co-director of the documentary, told NBC News. "And now I'm thinking of her, 86 years old and arrested again, and I'm thinking he was right. She won't stop."