Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief arrested again, this time at Walmart

Jerome Frank
July 19, 2017

A notorious 86-year-old jewel thief has been caught stealing again! A documentary called "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne" is now available on Netflix.

Payne put some of the stuff in her purse, a Walmart shopping bag and a shopping cart, the employee said, according to a Chamblee police report.

During the time of her arrest, she was wearing an electronic ankle monitor from a previous arrest where a judge sentenced her to 120 days house arrest after she confessed to stealing a $2,000 necklace from a store in a Dekalb county mall. She allegedly shoplifted $86.22 worth of items from the store's pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments. Earlier this year, Payne's attorney claimed she had cancer but did not provide documents to support that.

"Thieving was the farthest thing from my mind", she told NBC News in a phone interview Tuesday.

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Her five-decade spree and 20-some arrests in countries around the world, including Greece, France, Britain and Switzerland, have made her something of a celebrity among thieves.

Payne, who is estimated to have stolen $2 million in jewelry during her lifetime, said she is negotiating a book and movie deal about her life.

The incident took place around 5 p.m. on Monday at Walmart in the city of Chamblee. The documentary contains mugshots and arrest records from 1965.

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