Infamous 86-year-old jewel thief arrested once again

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

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne has been arrested once again, except this time she didn't steal a diamond or ruby, but a few things from a Walmart store near Atlanta, Ga.

Authorities have said Payne has lifted pricey baubles from countless jewelry stores around the world in an illicit career that has spanned six decades.

In December, Payne was arrested at an upscale mall in suburban Atlanta for allegedly stealing a necklace.

Payne was arrested and taken to Chamblee jail on charges of theft by shoplifting, then later released after posting bail.

Payne's lawyer, Shawn McCullers, said in an email reply to the Observer at the time that she wouldn't be extradited. "We're talking about what an 86-year-old woman needs to survive on a day-to-day basis, food supplies and medical supplies". "It was all in fun", she had said, according to the Daily Beast.

Her attorney, Drew Findling, noted that this case is different. Although she was quickly released on bond, Payne was re-arrested on Tuesday and jailed on a probation violation stemming from an earlier theft conviction, NBC News reported.

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Once at the register, the report said Payne paid for the remaining items in her cart, but attempted to exit the store with the items she concealed in her purse and shopping bag.

Based on the police report, a security officer saw Payne pack items from the pharmacy area into her purse and also transfer goods from her cart to a shopping bag and to her purse.

Officials say she has used at least 22 aliases since she stole her first diamond when she was a 23-year-old, and probably got away with far more than she was convicted of.

Payne's shoplifting career didn't begin there, or in 2015, when she was accused of pinching $690 Christian Dior earrings at a Saks Fifth Avenue store, only to be deemed too sick for trial.

Doris Payne poses for a mug shot after being arrested in southern California in 2013.

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

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