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Letters: Who’s the real jewel thief?

Re “At 83, career jewel thief to stand trial once more,” Dec. 12

In your article on 83-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne, you describe how she tried on a diamond ring valued at $22,500. Later, Payne took the ring to a secondhand dealer and tried to sell it for $1,000.

The dealer refused after complaining about the imperfections and size and offered $800.

Let me see if I have this right: The first store priced the diamond ring at $22,500, and another dealer wouldn’t even pay $1,000 for it.

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And they have the nerve to call Payne a thief ?

Michael Gabriel

Los Angeles

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