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86-year-old international jewel thief caught stealing $86 of merchandise from Walmart

By Mason White 12:22 PM July 20, 2017
Doris Payne
Doris Payne
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) An international jewel thief is still committing crimes despite her advanced age, according to police in Georgia.

Chamblee police said that they have arrested 86-year-old Doris Payne, after being accused of shoplifting several items from Walmart.

Payne has been charged with theft by shoplifting. She was booked into the City of Chamblee Jail, and was released after posting bail.

According to the police investigation, Payne was first arrested more than 60 years ago for theft. Since her first arrest, she was caught dozens of times stealing jewelry in many countries.

This week, Payne was at Walmart, where she placed several items in her purse. She then left the store without paying for the items, which were estimated to be with $86.

A Walmart employee detained the elderly woman in the parking lot, and called the police.

Payne claimed that she did not intend to steal the items, saying she took medication, which caused her to forget about the items she placed in her purse.

Over the past 60 years, Payne stole more than $2 million worth of items from various stores.