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

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, 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.

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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Doris Payne accepted a negotiated plea deal and will serve 30 days behind bars with 120 days of house arrest.