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Apparently age doesn’t always come with wisdom, at least that seems to be the logic which Doris Payne follows. You may not immediately recognize the name, but you probably have heard of her infamous robbery antics that trace back several decades and were captured in the 2013 documentary The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. She has equally frustrated and fascinated authorities for years now, but is showing no signs of slowing down as demonstrated by her latest theft arrest.

While attempting to steal a $2,000 diamond necklace, Payne was apprehended by authorities in Dunwoody, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. The Grio has further details about Payne’s new arrest and more insight into her criminal history.

Via The Grio:

Police just outside Atlanta say notorious 86-year-old jewel thief [Doris Payne] has struck again. Dunwoody, Ga., police say Payne was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at a Von Maur department store where police report she put a $2,000 necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave the store.

Doris Payne, who has been the subject of a documentary and casually admitted during an Associated Press interview earlier this year that “I was a thief,” was arrested Tuesday at a Von Maur department store outside Atlanta. Dunwoody police spokesman Mark Stevens said in an email Payne was arrested [and] faces a shoplifting charge.

Online jail records did not show any bond information, and it wasn’t clear whether Payne had an attorney who could comment. An attorney who represented her last year, when she was accused of pocketing a $690 pair of earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue department store at a mall in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, didn’t immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment Wednesday.

At this point it’s probably safe to say that Payne is going to continue her life of crime for the rest of her days.


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