Career jewel thief arrested in Las Vegas

Longtime jewel thief Louise Davis, also known as Doris Payne and Dorothy Marie Payne, was arrested in Las Vegas, on July 14 for stealing apparel from a retail store, according to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance.

Payne, 76, has been the subject of several JSA Wanted Bulletins dating back to 1973, and has been arrested and convicted on multiple occasions for distraction thefts and sneak thefts at retail jewelry stores, JSA said in its “Crime Alert.” She is currently on parole, wanted in a second case, and a suspect in a third case.

In one case, Payne is suspected of stealing a $31,500 ring by putting it on her finger and walking out of the Neiman Marcus store in the Stanford Shopping Center July 7 in Palo Alto., according to Palo Alto Online–the Web version of the publication, Palo Alto Weekly.

The ring stolen from the Palo Alto store was recovered from a Las Vegas pawnshop, the publication reports, quoting a Palo Alto law enforcement official.

There appears to be some confusion of Payne’s true identity and her aliases. The Palo Alto publication lists her true name as Dorothy Marie Payne, 74, of Denver, Colo. The publication also reports that Payne at one time was jailed in Monte Carlo for theft.

Palo Alto has obtained a $100,000 arrest warrant for burglary and grand theft, the publication reports. The warrant was served to Payne in the Las Vegas Jail. Payne is also reportedly wanted in Illinois for theft and is on parole in Colorado. Palto Alto police reportedly said that Palo Alto, Colorado and Las Vegas police and prosecutors will coordinate their respective cases against Payne.

JSA is requesting that jewelers who have been the recent victim of a jewelry theft by a 76-year-old, African-American female, 5’7″, 140 lbs., gray hair, fashionably dressed, often wearing large sunglasses and possibly a hat, to contact the association for referral to a law enforcement agency.