Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne arrested for shoplifting at Walmart

A notorious jewel thief with a career spanning six decades has been busted again. Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise.

Payne was the subject of a 2013 documentary film, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” that detailed her feats. In an interview with The Associated Press last year, she casually acknowledged, “I was a thief.” She’s well-known in fine-jewelry circles, and authorities say she has pocketed expensive jewels from stores around the world.
The FBI file for Doris Payne is said to be six feet long: The criminal history for the international jewel thief dates back to the 1950s. Payne is infamous for using her charm and slight of hand to put clerks at ease and walk out with precious jewels. Over her 60-year career, she is thought to have stolen more than $2 million in jewelry. She's been in and out of jail dozens of times.

Authorities have said she has used at least 22 aliases over the years and probably got away more often than she was caught.