Doris Payne, 86-year-old jewel thief, arrested again


An 86-year-old serial US jewel thief, whose crimes date back to the 1950s, has again been charged with theft.

Doris Payne was arrested at a Walmart store in Chamblee, in Georgia, with $86.22 (£66) worth of items, police say. She has been released on bail.

She was found wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest for shoplifting.

Payne has served multiple jail terms for her crimes. She is thought to have stolen $2m in jewellery and was profiled in a 2013 documentary.

A shop employee observed her stealing several items from the pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments.

Her lawyer, Drew Findling, was quoted by local media as saying: “This is a sharp contrast to all the cases in the past. We’re not talking about high-end jewellery.

“We’re talking about what an 86-year-old woman needs to survive on a day-to-day basis, food supplies and medical supplies.”

She had recently pleaded guilty of stealing a $2,000 diamond necklace from a department store in a suburb of Atlanta. She was then sentenced to house arrest and banned from shopping centres in the city’s area.

source: bbcnews