20 July, 2017
The 86-year-old serial thief, with a crime record dating back to the 1950s, was arrested at a Walmart store in Chamblee, Georgia on Monday (17 July) after she was caught stuffing items worth $86.22 (£66) into her bag.
Payne, featured in a 2013 documentary about her six-decade criminal career, had been deemed too ill to stand trial in Georgia for an alleged theft committed in 2015. "This is now an 86 year old woman who needs some medicine and groceries to live day to day", he said.
Payne was released on bail.
Payne allegedly attempted to steal only food and medical supplies, as opposed to her usual target, jewelry.
The documentary film chronicled Payne's more than 60-year, $2 million career as a jewelry thief and how she "managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany's from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes", according to the film's website.
But then she was hooked, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, and studied the cuts and terminologies found in Town and Country magazine to spot especially valuable stones.More news: Sevilla signs Nolito from Manchester City
She was booked in the City of Chamblee Jail on multiple charges of theft by shoplifting.
When she was arrested this week, she was wearing the ankle monitor from her previous arrest.
The Jewelers' Security Alliance, an industry trade group, sent bulletins warning stores about her as early as the 1970s. "This doesn't fit into anything she has done before and we are going to look at the video and see what's going on, see if this is maybe forgetfulness", he added, according to WFAA, affiliated to ABC News.
Payne is an global, infamous jewel thief whose life of crime spans decades. She has been arrested all across the country, including in Charlotte. Payne, however, contends that she put items in a shopping bag and that she thought she told the cashier. "We're not talking about high-end jewelry", he told the Associated Press.
Authorities have said she has used at least 22 aliases over the years and most likely got away with more often than she was caught.
'I don't have any regrets about stealing jewelry.