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In this Jan. 11, 2016 photo, Doris Payne speaks during an interview in Atlanta. The 85-year-old has managed to walk off with pricey jewels in countless thefts around the world for over six decades, according to authorities. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

An 86-year-old global jewel thief was arrested at a Georgia Walmart


An 86-year-old woman who is infamous for her luxury jewel heists worldwide was arrested at a Walmart in Chamblee, GA on Monday, according to WXIA.

WXIA reported Tuesday that Doris Payne is facing four counts of theft by shoplifting after her latest arrest.

Payne, who is also known as the “Granny Gem Thief,” is accused of taking items totaling $80.60 from Chamblee, GA Walmart’s electronics and pharmacy departments.

Chamblee Police Captain Ernesto Ford said a loss prevention officer recognized Payne from a previous encounter and her storied history.

“She didn’t say anything,” he said of Payne, who has reportedly been arrested more than 20 times over five decades in countries around the world. “She gave us her information.”

Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced wonder at Payne’s life, which has reportedly included thefts in Britain, Greece, France and Switzerland.

Other people on the social media platform said Payne, who grew up in poverty in West Virginia, should change her ways.

Payne told NBC News that she forgot about the items she possessed and that stealing them was the furthest thing from her mind.

The 86-year-old is reportedly at home after being released on a $607 bond following her arrest Monday.

Payne was purportedly apprehended while wearing an ankle monitor from her DeKalb County probation for unrelated shoplifting charges at Perimeter Mall there.

“The Granny Gem Thief” was arrested in December 2016 and charged with shoplifting after attempting to snatch a diamond necklace worth about $2,000 there.

Payne was released on a $15,000 bond following her alleged theft at a Von Maur department store and was ordered not to travel outside Georgia.

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