Doris is thought to have stolen $2m in jewellery and was profiled in a 2013 documentary. Officials say she has used at least 22 aliases since she stole her first diamond when she was a 23-year-old. She was also found wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest for shoplifting. Her lawyer has told after the arrest to media: “This is a sharp contrast to all the cases in the past. We’re not talking about high-end jewellery.(…) We’re talking about what an 86-year-old woman needs to survive on a day-to-day basis, food supplies and medical supplies” In a 2005 interview in prison, Payne said: “I’ve had regrets, and I’ve had a good time.”
Her acting style during a such long time was to enter jewelry stores posing as a well-to-do woman, typically looking for a diamond ring. She asked to see many and at a some time she was leaving with one or two pieces. Payne is most noted for stealing a 10-carat diamond ring, valued at $500,000 (US), from Monte Carlo in the 1970s. In January 2011, at the age of 80, Doris was sentenced in a San Diego court to 16 months in prison for stealing a 1 carat diamond ring. Payne used at least ten social security numbers in her life. Without doubt, she can’t change herself because she has “a career” as an international jewel thief.