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'Granny gem thief' with rap sheet dating to 1950s is arrested again

20 July 2017

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. She was the subject of a documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, which is available now on Netflix.

A security officer at Walmart said he saw Payne pile items in her purse and then transfer other items from her shopping cart to her purse and a bag. She has been released on bail.

Payne has a record for stealing jewelry from high end stores dating all they way back to 1965.

Payne is accused of stealing more than $2 million worth over the last 60 years.

When asked about her exploits in a 2016 interview with the Associated Press, she said simply: "I was a thief".

Doris Payne was caught pocketing items from the pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments at the store on Monday, according to a police report obtained by local media.

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Following her arrest this week, Payne was charged with multiple counts of theft by shoplifting. Payne, whose career as a thief spanned six decades, was wearing a monitoring bracelet from a previous bust at the time of the arrest Monday. After she missed a March 6 appearance, a judge issued a bench warrant for Payne's arrest.

"I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry", she says in the film's trailer.

In 2008, Payne told the Los Angeles Times she stole her first diamond when she was in her 20s and got used to stealing. In addition to a almost 20-page rap sheep in the US, she has an extensive Interpol record, with arrests in Greece, France, Britain, and Switzerland.

Her story has caught the attention of documentary filmmakers.

Her scheme at jewelry stores was to pose as a wealthy woman that was charming and friendly.

On Tuesday, before being locked inside the cell, Payne said that she had not stolen anything and that she had forgotten about the items and missed to pay the bills.

'Granny gem thief' with rap sheet dating to 1950s is arrested again