Famous jewel thief arrested for stealing from Walmart

Anita Tucker
July 20, 2017

Both police departments were not available for immediate comment.

In March, a judge sentenced her to 120 days of house arrest and banned her from malls in DeKalb County after she admitted stealing a $2,000 necklace from a store. Dubbed the "granny gem thief" because of her age of 86-years-old but that doesn't stop her from snatching up whatever she can grab from stores.

Her attorney, Drew Findling, noted that this case is different.

"This is a sharp contrast to all the cases in the past. At my office, we're treating this like her life is on the line", he said. "This is now an 86 year old woman who needs some medicine and groceries to live day to day", he said.

Payne was born in 1930 in Slab Fork, W.Va., a rural town with a current population hovering around 200.

Back in 2008, she told the l.A. Times she stole her first diamond in her 20s and was hooked ever since. I regret getting caught, ' she said in her documentary.

And her smooth talk that she said netted a huge 10.5-carat diamond ring in Monte Carlo.

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Her biggest known theft came in the 1970s when she was arrested for clipping a $500,000 diamond ring. She is very good. "She has the style".

She steals because she can, said California-based lawyer Gretchen Von Helms, who has represented her.

From there, she worked her way up from bargain jewelry to some of the most expensive stores across the globe, hitting targets as far afield as Britain, France, Italy, Monaco and even Japan.

According to police in Chamblee, her methods have also become less sophisticated since Payne was the subject of a 2013 documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. She has been released on bail.

In the documentary, Payne's friend Jean Herber describes a woman with a bright smile brimming with ulterior motives. It is unclear when she will appear in court.

Payne told the AP she realized a simple distraction could make it easy to slip out with a fancy trinket in hand after a friendly store owner let her try on watches as a child and then forgot she had the jewelry on.

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