Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne arrested again - at Walmart

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne has been arrested once again, except this time she didn't steal a diamond or ruby, but a few things from a Walmart store near Atlanta, Ga. She was sentenced to four years in prison, but released three months later because of jail overcrowding.

Her criminal career spans at least two continents and five decades. A security officer at Walmart offered a different account, saying that Payne had piled items into her purse. She had attempted to steal a necklace nearly worth $2,000 from Von Maur department store at the mall, CBS News reported.

Following her arrest this week, Payne was charged with multiple counts of theft by shoplifting.

She had been on probation at the time of her arrest for jewelry theft at another Atlanta mall in 2014. She also said Payne is a wonderful person with "a lot of fun stories, aside from her "activities".

The police report doesn't list the items that Payne allegedly tried to steal. Until her arrest on Monday, she was a little more than a week away from removing the ankle monitor and was in compliance with probation, her lawyer said.

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This time she was picked up for allegedly stealing $86.22 worth of doodads from a department store in suburban Atlanta. "We're not talking about high-end jewelry", her attorney Drew Findling told local press.

Payne's career as an worldwide jewel thief spanned six decades, and her most noted theft was when she swiped away a 10-carat diamond ring worth over a half million dollars from Monte Carlo during a European trip in the 1970s.

Even the documentary filmmakers might have gotten taken for a ride.

Payne's rap sheet dates back to 1952, when she scored a $22,000 diamond from a jewelry store in Pittsburgh. Payne's alleged thefts had always been of interest to the media and thus a 2013 documentary film titled, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne" was made on her detailing her heists and arrests.

'I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry.

  • Michelle Webb