Police allege 85-year-old Doris Payne was spotted swiping a pair of $690 (£431) earrings from the Christian Dior store in Phipps Plaza on Friday (23Oct15).

Sergeant Warren Pickard says, "She put them in her pocket and politely walked out of the store."

Cops quickly tracked down the career criminal and took her into custody on suspicion of shoplifting. She was also found to have a warrant out for her arrest for another theft in Charlotte, North Carolina in July (15).

Payne, who was the subject of the 2013 documentary The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, has been jailed in several states over the past five decades. She has also previously confessed to stealing gems in New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Monte Carlo and Tokyo.

She was most recently sentenced to a form of probation, which she is still serving, for the theft of a diamond encrusted ring in California in 2013, according to People.com.

Berry initially signed on to play the international thief in Who is Doris Payne? in 2009, but the project suffered numerous delays and has yet to come to fruition. It is not currently known if the actress is still attached to the film.