Granny jewel thief arrested in Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia — (NBC News) An 86-year-old jewel thief arrested in Atlanta, Georgia is none other than international jewelry thief Doris Payne.

Payne, whose criminal career spans at least two continents and five decades, was arrested Tuesday for shoplifting at Perimeter Mall.

The 86-year-old Payne was arrested by Dunwoody police and charged with shoplifting for trying to steal two diamond necklaces worth $1,995.

Payne was booked into the Dekalb County Jail at 6:51 p.m. No bond information was listed on the jail’s website.

The elderly Payne’s five-decade spree and 20-some arrests in countries around the world, including Greece, France, Britain and Switzerland, have made her something of a celebrity among thieves.

She was the subject of a documentary, the life and crimes of Doris Payne.

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