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Guilty plea but no jail for elderly jewel thief Doris Payne

October 18, 2017

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A notorious jewel thief recently arrested at a Georgia Walmart store got no jail time during her latest court appearance.

Doris Payne, at 87, has stolen about $2 million in jewels over the last six decades. She was arrested July 17 for a misdemeanor shoplifting charge after a Walmart employee said she tried to leave the Chamblee store with items she hadn’t paid for.

Payne had been on probation after pleading guilty in March to a felony shoplifting charge for trying to steal a $2,000 necklace from a department store in December. She was jailed for violating that probation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Payne appeared Monday before Chamblee Municipal court Judge Angela Duncan, who told her “Don’t come back.”

Payne pleaded guilty in a deal that gave her credit for 58 days served from July through September.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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