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

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

The notorious, octogenarian #Jewel Thief reportedly hit a #Walmart on Monday in DeKalb County, GA.

Doris Payne, who claims to be an worldwide jewel thief, poses in her cell at Clark County jail in Las Vegas on September 23, 2005.

Doris Payne allegedly stole merchandise from a Walmart with a value of $86.22 - a dollar for every year she's been alive. Payne, however, contends that she put items in a shopping bag and that she thought she told the cashier.

"Thieving was the farthest thing from my mind", she told NBC News by phone on Tuesday.

In the documentary, Payne says, "There's never been a day that I went to steal that I did not get what I went to do". The stolen items were returned to the store.

Faced with a well-to-do woman with money to spend, store employees would relax their rules and bring out multiple high-value pieces at once, and Payne would quickly slip the expensive baubles on and off until the employee lost track and she could easily leave with one in hand.

According to WSBTV police were called in to the store at around 5 p.m. after receiving a report about a woman shoplifting.

She was ordered, by a judge, to keep out of retail stores and to wear the ankle bracelet.

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During that process, police say Payne was wearing an electronic ankle monitor placed on her by the DeKalb County Probation Office.

Payne was the subject of a 2013 documentary film, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne", that detailed her feats.

Payne pleaded guilty in 2014 to burglary and grand theft for stealing a 3.5-carat, $22,500 ring from a California jeweler while on probation for stealing another ring in Los Angeles, according to USA Today.

"There's no brooch, no diamond pendant, no earrings". He wants to see the video surveillance captured to see whether it is "forgetfulness". "The people in charge dictate what happens with me when I walk in the store", she said.

He added that Payne might face prison this time because of the Walmart episode.

Payne allegedly kept trying to hide more items in the shopping bag as she was at the register.

A background check reveals 10 run-ins with the law in four USA states dating back to 1992. She has also been linked to nine different dates of birth and five Social Security numbers.

But then she was hooked, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, and studied the cuts and terminologies found in Town and Country magazine to spot especially valuable stones.

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