Jewel Thief Doris Payne Charged With Walmart Theft


An 86-year-old worldwide jewel thief, accused of stealing a $33,000 ring from a SouthPark mall jewelry store in 2015, was arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart in Georgia on Monday night.

Her career as an global bling bandit spans six decades.

Just a year ago, Payne was arrested in Dunwoody for trying to lift a $2,000 diamond necklace from Perimeter Mall.

Payne was booked into the City of Chamblee Jail, booked on a shoplifting charge and released.

Payne then went to a register and paid for the items in her shopping cart but not the items in her shopping bag and purse, the employee said.

In the documentary film, Payne bragged of stealing at least $2 million in jewelry, in the US, Paris, Monaco and Tokyo.

Her attorney told judges in Fulton and DeKalb County that she was too sick to stand trial.

Doris Payne is well known for her crimes. She was also reportedly wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest for shoplifting.

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When stopped by the store's security guards, Payne was found to have items worth a total of $86.22 in her bag.

Payne exploits over the past six decades were examined in a 2013 documentary called The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.

Police say that Doris has had over 22 aliases and has probably gotten away with more theft than anyone could really know.

In a 2005 prison interview with the Associated Press, Payne said it was never about the money: "I've had regrets, and I've had a good time".

Her story has caught the attention of documentary filmmakers.

"I understand that the shopkeepers have a different opinion, but they all agreed she was charming and friendly and nice", Von Helms told the Journal-Constitution.

Authorities say Payne has lifted pricey baubles from countless jewelry stores around the world and she once bragged about a $500,000 heist in Monte Carlo in the 1970s in which she stole a 10-carat diamond ring.

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

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