Jewel Thief Doris Payne Charged With Walmart Theft

A notorious worldwide jewel thief on house arrest was detained and charged with shoplifting at an Atlanta-area Walmart on Monday.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times in 2008, Payne claims that she stole her first diamond in her 20s and has continued her inglorious career ever since.

Her career as an worldwide bling bandit spans six decades.

Atlanta Police call Payne a career criminal whose modus operandi was to trick unsuspecting clerks in jewelry stores into showing her various diamond rings and, in the process, confuse them to the point that they forgot how many items they'd taken out to show. Her last run-in with the law was in March, when she failed to appear for an arraignment hearing for allegedly stealing a $2,000 necklace. Speaking to CBS affiliate WGCL after a 2015 theft arrest in Atlanta, Payne said she freely admits to her crime if she's caught.

Payne then went to a register and paid for the items in her shopping cart but not the items in her shopping bag and purse, the employee said. "We're not talking about high-end jewelry", he told the Associated Press. 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.

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Her attorney Drew Findling is saying that his latest arrest is much different than all the others.

Payne was found wearing an electronic ankle monitor after she was placed on house arrest from a previous shoplifting incident in December.

She was arrested again in Atlanta for trying to swipe a $700 pair or Christian Dior earrings from Phipps Plaza.

From there, she worked her way up from bargain jewelry to some of the most expensive stores across the globe, hitting targets as far afield as Britain, France, Italy, Monaco and even Japan. A film starring Halle Berry as Payne has been in development since 2009, and the documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne" was released on 2013. "I regret getting caught".

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