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Woman accused of stealing $1,300 coat

January 27, 2010

A 79-year-old woman who will be portrayed by Halle Berry in an upcoming movie will be back in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing, days after she was arrested for her latest alleged burglary.

Doris Payne, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft Friday at South Coast Plaza’s Saks Fifth Avenue store, where police said she was trying to walk out with a $1,300 Burberry trench coat.

Costa Mesa Police Lt. Bryan Glass said Payne had removed the tag and tried to walk out when she was stopped. She pleaded not guilty to grand theft Tuesday and is being held without bail on a parole violation.

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Payne’s life as an international jewel thief will be chronicled in “Who is Doris Payne,” according to published reports.

— Joseph Serna


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