A notorious international jewel thief on house arrest was detained and charged with shoplifting at an Atlanta-area Walmart on Monday.
Born in 1930, Doris Marie Payne is believed to have stolen over $2 million in jewels over the past six decades. On Monday afternoon, she was arrested for trying to steal $86.22 worth of items from the pharmacy, grocery, and electronics departments in a Walmart off of Chamblee Road, reported Fox 5 Atlanta.
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According to court documents, Payne was also arrested in December 2016 for shoplifting at a Georgia mall when she tried to steal a $2,000 necklace. At the end of March, she was sentenced to 120 days of private house arrest and was banned from all malls in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Doris Payne is believed to have once stolen a 10.5 carat diamond in Monte Carlo reported the NY Daily News. Payne’s story has been documented in a 2013 Netflix film called, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. She claimed she was in the midst of negotiating both a book and movie deal based on her life.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported Payne was wearing an electronic ankle monitor during her shopping excursion at the Chamblee Road Walmart and subsequent arrest. Payne was observed by a Walmart employee as she reportedly concealed items in her purse and a Walmart shopping bag before going to the check-out line, where she only paid for a few items remaining in her cart.
The tall thief – jail records list her as 6’ 6” – told NBC News she simply forgot to pay for the items when she went to pick up her medicine.
“Thieving was the farthest thing from my mind,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Payne was released on bail.
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