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85-Year-Old: 'I Was a Thief. I'm Not Too Ashamed of It'

Jewelry pilferer Doris Payne opens up on longtime career

(Newser) - Doris Payne exudes an effortless elegance, her white hair neatly smoothed back and gold hoops dangling from her ears. She speaks calmly and deliberately, inspiring the kind of trust that would ease any jewelry store employee eager to make a high-dollar sale. And that's exactly how cops say the... More »

FBI Busts Woman, 24, in Jewelry-Robbing Spree

Abigail Lee Kemp suspected in robberies in 5 states

(Newser) - The string of jewelry-store robberies that spanned multiple states and involved the loss of millions of dollars' worth of diamonds and watches is now allegedly over, and a 24-year-old woman has been charged, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . Abigail Lee Kemp was arrested Friday in Georgia and the FBI says... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

Partying Knicks Player Lost $750K

Derrick Williams brought 2 woman back to his place; suitcase of jewelry went MIA

(Newser) - "I don't want to talk about it," is the reaction one might expect of someone who's unexpectedly found himself with $750,000 less on his hands, and this is indeed the sentiment of New York Knicks forward Derrick Williams. Williams was out celebrating a team victory... More »

3 Suspects Wanted in $1M Jewelry Heist

Heist may have been planned for weeks: cops

(Newser) - Santa Fe police say three thieves made off with more than $1 million in goods from a jewelry store while employees were distracted by a holiday celebration. A rep says two men and a woman took 11 items from an unlocked case inside Diva Diamonds & Jewels on the Santa... More »

Cops: 85-Year-Old Jewel Thief Strikes Again

She's in it for the game, not the money

(Newser) - Ten years ago, when she was 75 years old, Doris Payne swore she was done with a lifetime of pilfering jewels across two continents. Several arrests later, in 2013, she said again that she was leaving that life behind. But police say Payne, now 85, is at it again: She... More »

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Left Parting Gift in Guest Book

Tip: Don't leave contact info if you're going to lift valuables from an art gallery

(Newser) - Signing the guest book at a wedding or funeral: fine. Signing one at an art gallery you're accused of stealing from: not the best idea. That's what one Florida couple allegedly did Saturday night when they visited ICFA Gallery in Palm Beach, reportedly lifting the owner's gold... More »

Stolen Diamond Ring Found Inside Alleged Thief

'She continued to deny that it was there'

(Newser) - The missing 27th diamond ring from a botched jewelry store heist in Ohio was finally found—inside one of the alleged thieves, ABC News reports. Police say 61-year-old Macie Young and 57-year-old Leroy Bridgman robbed the store last week to the tune of more than $86,000 worth of diamond... More »

Woman Who Swallowed Stolen Ring Has to Retrieve It

Cops: 'We don't get paid enough' to do it

(Newser) - There are some things you just know are part of the job if you're in law enforcement: dealing with criminals, putting your life on the line, even tedious paperwork. But one thing that cops in Orem, Utah, don't consider part of their job description is sifting through a... More »

Paris Jewel Thief Caught After He Kissed Hostage

He was trying to 'ease her trauma,' but the DNA did him in

(Newser) - Ah, l'amour. Police have captured an admitted jewel thief in Paris, and all because he made the last-second mistake of planting a kiss on his hostage. In April the 20-year-old, identified only as "Pierre G," and an accomplice allegedly followed a 56-year-old jewelry store employee home, where... More »

Cannes Hit With $1M Jewelry Heist

Bling intended for the stars goes missing from hotel safe

(Newser) - If the Cannes red carpet looks a little less fabulous this year, blame jewel thieves. Someone made off with more than $1 million worth of jewelry that was supposed to be lent out to the stars yesterday, smashing the security box where it was being kept in a Novotel Hotel... More »

Burglars Swipe $127K in Jewels From Julianne Moore

10 pieces grabbed, 7 of which are Cartier

(Newser) - While Julianne Moore was filming the Carrie remake in Toronto this summer, thieves were busily helping themselves to $127,000 worth of jewelry from her New York apartment, the Post reports. Seven of the 10 stolen jewels are Cartier, the most expensive of which is a $33,000 platinum diamond... More »

Lohan Eyed in Jewelry Heist

$100K worth of watches, sunglasses vanish from mansion

(Newser) - Sticky-fingered Lindsay Lohan is a suspect in the theft of $100,000 worth of watches and pricey sunglasses from a private home, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . The goods vanished from the Hollywood Hills mansion of investor Sam Magid during a time both Lohan and her assistant Gavin Doyle—who'... More »

Psychic Scares Girl Into Stealing Jewelry: Cops

She told girl that curse could be lifted, for a fee

(Newser) - A self-proclaimed psychic in California scared the bejeezus out of a 12-year-old girl by telling her that "horrible things" awaited her in the future, reports the Los Angeles Times . Then, police say, she told the girl that the curse could be lifted for the right price, which prompted the... More »

Titanic Necklace Stolen

Survivor's $20K jewelry missing from Copenhagen museum

(Newser) - A gold-plated necklace whose owner survived the sinking of the Titanic has been stolen from a museum in Denmark. Thieves made off with the necklace from a traveling exhibition over the weekend without tripping any alarms, reports the Los Angeles Times . The necklace belonged to Eleanor Widener, daughter of a... More »

Clown Thieves Get Punked in Jewelry Heist

Their loot isn't really all that valuable

(Newser) - Send in the clowns: Two gun-waving robbers dressed in clown makeup and wigs robbed a Denver jewelry story yesterday, roughing up employees and stripping display cases clean. They made off with the loot after a 15-minute robbery, notes CBS4, but there's a caveat: The precious stones aren't so... More »

Lindsay Lohan Released on $75K Bail

After judge reduces her theft charges to a misdemeanor

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan is out of jail after posting $75,000 bail following a roller coaster legal day for her. The starlet appeared before a judge yesterday for the fourth time in nearly a year and was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace. But... More »

Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 9

Second blast, violent jewelry store robbery follow

(Newser) - Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-packed cars outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone today, killing at least nine and wounding 23, officials said. The blasts marked the start of a violent day in the Iraqi capital, where another bombing and a jewelry heist left three more dead and 13 wounded.... More »

$25M in Gems Found in Paris Sewer

Loot from Harry Winston heist recovered

(Newser) - Stolen gems worth $25 million have been found stashed in a rain sewer in a Paris suburb. Police say the gems—taken in a spectacular $100 million heist in 2008 —were hidden in a plastic container embedded in cement, the BBC reports. The home above the sewer belongs to... More »

Lindsay's Jewelry Shop Video to Hit Web

Will be streamed live so viewers can judge for themselves

(Newser) - Looks like Lindsay Lohan is going to be a screen star again. A surveillance video allegedly showing her "lifting" jewelry from a store has reportedly been sold by the shop for $35,000. Venice Beach jewelry store Kamofie & Co. sold the tape to a Beverly Hills software company,... More »

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