Golden-aged jewel thief Doris Payne, who has racked up dozens of arrests in a headline-grabbing career, had a gem of an answer when she was asked about her latest run-in with the law.
"I look forward to my day in court," she told NBC News on Wednesday.
Payne, 85, relayed the comment to her attorney, who was standing next to her but would not allow her to get on the phone with a reporter.
The lawyer, Scott McCullers, said his bling-loving client plans to plead not guilty to charges that she swiped a $690 pair of Christian Dior earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue in an Atlanta mall on Friday.
And he suggested that she is being persecuted because of her reputation, cemented in the 2013 documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne."
"This issue may simply be someone seeking to enhance their name because of the recent recognition she received," McCullers said.