'Granny Gem Thief' busted stealing from Walmart wearing ankle monitor

Doris Payne's likeness-or, more specifically, her mugshot-has become nationally known over the years as she continues to rack up arrests into her eighth decade.

Her lawyer, Drew Findling, was quoted by local media as saying: "This is a sharp contrast to all the cases in the past".

Payne was arrested and taken to Chamblee jail on charges of theft by shoplifting, then later released after posting bail.

The 86-year-old - whose criminal career dates back 63 years - pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing a $2,000 diamond necklace after she was busted putting it in her back pocket and leaving a Von Maur department store near Atlanta.

The West Virginia born woman was the subject of a documentary called "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne", which premiered on Netflix in 2013.

Payne has served multiple jail terms for her crimes. "This is now an 86 year old woman who needs some medicine and groceries to live day to day", he said. "At my office, we're treating this like her life is on the line", he said.

Payne insisted that stealing from Walmart was not her intention.

This time she was picked up for allegedly stealing $86.22 worth of doodads from a department store in suburban Atlanta.

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

Police say that Doris has had over 22 aliases and has probably gotten away with more theft than anyone could really know. The security officer, who was an off-duty cop, and the Walmart employee nailed her as she left the store. She said she returned the watch but the episode made her realize that a simple distraction could make it easy to slip out with a fancy trinket in hand. In the 1970s, a jewelry industry trading group, sent out warnings about her. Her career was born in her 20s when she got the idea that she could support herself by lifting jewelry. She was held there for nine months before being released because they could not find the ring.

  • Marlene Weaver