Chamblee, GA, July 18, 2017 — by Trey Benton — 86-year-old Chamblee resident Doris Payne, dubbed a “world-renowned jewelry thief”, was arrested by Chamblee Police (CPD) on Monday evening while allegedly trying to steal $86.22 worth of goods from the Chamblee Walmart – items from the pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments.
According to the police report obtained by The Post, CPD Officer L. Arthur explains that while he was working an extra-duty job at a Walmart located at 1871 Chamblee Tucker Rd., a black female, later identified as Payne, was noticed by loss prevention personnel placing items inside her purse and a Walmart shopping bag.
The report says Payne proceeded through the checkout line and did pay for some items, however, the items that were concealed in her purse and bag were not paid for, and she proceeded to exit the store. Officer Arthur placed Payne under arrest after Walmart loss prevention said they wanted to prosecute.
Payne was arrested on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting. In an interesting turn of events, Officer Arthur noted in his report that Payne was wearing an electronic ankle monitor which he confirmed to have been placed on her by the DeKalb County Probation Office.
Back in March of 2017, Payne was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Unit after being sought on a bench warrant for Failure to Appear at an arraignment hearing. Payne, was arrested December ’16 by Dunwoody Police after allegedly trying to steal a $1,995 diamond necklace from retailer Von Maur and was released on $15,000 bond.
Payne, whose world-wide 60-year “career” as a jewelry thief has awarded her with some 20 (and counting) arrests in several countries around the world, is also the subject of a documentary, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.