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

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

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Doris Payne, an 86-year-old infamous jewel thief, shown in an archived mugshot and one released by Chamblee police on Tuesday. She is accused of shoplifting from Walmart on Monday.
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  • Doris Payne has stolen about $2 million worth of jewelry over the last six decades.
  • She has been open about her habits of theft.
  • Police arrested her Monday after she allegedly stole $86.22 worth of goods from Walmart.

Doris Payne, the notorious 86-year-old jewel thief who has stolen about $2 million worth over the last six decades, has been arrested again.

But this time, she’s not accused of shoplifting from a high-end store. Chamblee police say she stole $86.22 worth of goods Monday night from the Walmart on Chamblee Tucker Road.

According to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a store employee notified a Chamblee officer who was working in the store that Payne was shoplifting about 5 p.m.

The employee told the officer that Payne grabbed items from the pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments, put them in a shopping cart and started putting some of the items in her purse as well as a Walmart shopping bag.

According to the report, Payne went to a checkout line, pulled more goods from the shopping cart and tried to hide them, too. All of the items were eventually returned to the store and Payne was arrested on a charge of theft by shoplifting, police said.

She was taken to the Chamblee jail, where police discovered she was wearing an electronic ankle monitor. She was released after posting $660 bail.

Payne, who has been open about her habits of theft, was the subject of a Netflix documentary called “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.”

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