Notorious 86-Year-Old International Thief Doris Payne Arrested Again

Old habits truly do die hard, and notorious international jewel thief Doris Payne is back at it again. She was arrested Monday night at a Walmart in DeKalb County, Ga., and charged with theft by shoplifting.


According to WSB-TV, police were called to the store around 5 p.m. after receiving a report about a woman shoplifting. They later identified the alleged shoplifter as the 86-year-old Payne, who apparently attempted to hide items from the store’s pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police say she stole about $86.22 worth of goods from the store.


Payne is believed to have stolen about $2 million worth of items throughout the 60 years of her criminal history. She has been extremely open about her thieving habits, as the AJC notes, and was the subject of a Netflix documentary dubbed The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.

Read more at WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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I watched that documentary and tbh, this woman low key my hero. Y’all can’t tell me nothin. She was like let me tell you about these times that I stole a bunch of jewels from these rich white people.