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Apparently age doesn’t always come with wisdom, at least that seems to be the logic that Doris Payne is following. You may not immediately recognize the name, but you probably have heard of her infamous robbery antics that trace back several decades. Her life of robbery and mayhem is so intriguing that the 2013 documentary The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne was centered on her exploits. 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.

In a case that proves that real life is often stranger than fiction, the saga of notorious jewel thief Doris Payne is the stuff that blockbuster films are made of. The 86-year-old is up to her old tricks once again, but this time her latest case of sticky fingers has gotten her arrested. 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 Doris Payne is going to continue her life of crime for the rest of her days. Regardless of multiple prison stints and arrests, she’s still relentless in her efforts.


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