Documentary fans may know who Doris Payne is since she was the subject of a 2013 documentary about her life as a jewel thief. She allegedly stole several pieces of jewelry over the years. Even though she claims that she was able to steal more than she got caught, a simple case of shoplifting at a Walmart in the Atlanta area put her back in the spotlight.
According to reports, Payne allegedly took items from the grocery department, electronics department and the pharmacy worth $86.22. This incident comes a couple of years after she was accused of attempting to steal a necklace worth $2,000 from a retailer outside Atlanta. Supposedly, she put the item in her back pocket.
Her trial in that case was postponed due to 86-year-old Payne’s health concerns. In addition, Payne did spend time in prison in the past for theft. After admitting in the documentary and in an interview just last year that she was a thief, charges such as these may be a challenge for her to overcome. In some cases, Atlanta prosecutors attempt to use prior convictions to establish a pattern of behavior on the part of the accused individual.
This is just one reason why even a seemingly simple and innocuous charge such as shoplifting should not be taken lightly. Having a criminal record of any kind can make a difference in how the individual’s future dealings with the criminal justice system progress. Furthermore, it could affect the ability to obtain certain employment, get into college and interfere with other opportunities in the future. It may be beneficial to quickly and aggressively deal with any charges to minimize the affect they could have on the future.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne busted for shoplifting $86.22 worth of items from Georgia Walmart“, David Boroff, July 18, 2017