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Jewel thief Doris Payne charged with Walmart theft

By Tracy Connor,

Doris Payne, the notorious 86-year-old jewel thief, was arrested Monday for allegedly shoplifting at an Atlanta-area Walmart — while wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet from a previous bust.

Although she was quickly released on bond, she was re-arrested Tuesday and jailed on a probation violation stemming from an earlier theft conviction.

Payne, who is by turns charming and feisty, told NBC News before she was locked up that she simply forgot to pay for the items when she stopped by Walmart to pick up some medicine.

“Thieving was the farthest thing from my mind,” she said in a phone interview.


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