86-Year-Old International Jewelry Thief Doris Payne Arrested in Ga.

Doris Payne
DeKalb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office

An 86-year-old international jewelry thief was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting at a mall outside Atlanta, WXIA-TV reports.

The notorious Doris Payne, 86, has a criminal career that spans some 50 years on at least two continents.


In this most recent incident, Payne was arrested by Dunwoody, Ga., police and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly attempted to steal a $2,000 bracelet from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall.

The elderly woman was booked at the DeKalb County Jail.

As WXIA-TV notes, Payne was last arrested a little more than a year ago after she was apparently caught trying to put a pair of $700 earrings in her pocket at a Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta.

Last year her attorney said that Payne was too sick to appear in court in relation to the Saks arrest.

"The reality is, she's an 85-year-old lady in ailing health," attorney Shawn McCullers said in November 2015. "If you want to drag her down here and cause her more harm and have her get more sick … we certainly can't stop you."


Payne was the subject of a documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, which detailed how she had stolen $2 million in jewelry across the globe.

Read more at USA Today.

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