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Prosecutor: Extradition to Michigan sought for 80-year-old jewel thief

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 80-year-old serial shoplifter recently convicted in San Diego of stealing an $8,900 ring from the Macy's store in Mission Valley is wanted in the state of Michigan for a retail theft dating back to 1998, it was revealed Monday.

A San Diego jury convicted Doris Payne earlier this month of burglary and grand theft.

Deputy District Attorney Jane Via told Judge David Szumowski Monday that authorities in Michigan want Payne extradited to their state to face the theft charges that were filed more than 12 years ago.

Szumowski set another hearing for Feb. 14 to give Payne's attorneys time to look into whetherthe arrest warrant is invalid because of undue delay.

Defense attorney Guadalupe Valencia argued that authorities knew Payne's whereabouts over the last several years, yet did not move to arrest her and bring her back to Michigan.

Payne is due to be sentenced Feb. 9 in the San Diego case, which could bring her up to five years behind bars.

During the trial, Deputy District Attorney John Pro said the defendant walked out of the Fashion Valley Macy's store with the ring on Jan. 2, 2010, when a clerk with whom she had been talking for about 45 minutes turned her back.

Payne testified that it was indeed her on Macy's surveillance video in the store that day, but said authorities couldn't prove that she stole the ring.

The defendant told a detective that she sold the ring in question for $1,800 to a jeweler she looked up in the phone book, Pro said.

Defense attorney Gretchen von Helms told jurors that identifications of Payne by witnesses were tainted because of photos of the defendant they had seen on the Internet.

Von Helms also maintained that the clerk dealing with Payne that day was distracted by trying to make a sale, and argued there was no evidence that the ring in question ever left the store.

Payne was convicted in 1999 of stealing a ring from a Neiman Marcus store in Denver and sentenced to 12 years in prison. In 2005, the defendant stole an $8,500 ring in Nevada and a $31,500 ring in Palo Alto, while on parole.

She was in an Orange County jail after pleading guilty to stealing a $1,300 Burberry trench coat from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Costa Mesa when she was interviewed about the ring theft in San Diego.

A West Hollywood film crew has been in San Diego filming a documentary about Payne's life.

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