Octogenerian jewel thief a free woman after judge gives no jail time for shoplifting charge

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Infamous jewel thief and octogenarian Doris Payne is a free woman after a judge gave her no jail time after she pleaded guilty to shoplifting from a Georgia Walmart in July.

Payne was arrested in Chamblee after cops say she stole $86.22 worth of merchandise from the pharmacy, electronics and grocery departments.

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It was a departure for the 87-year-old, whose reputation for appreciating–and stealing–life’s finer things preceded her even into a municipal courtroom Monday.

“Don’t come back, Ms. Payne,” the judge told Payne.

“I won’t,” the self-proclaimed career thief replied.

Her appearance officially ended her latest stint in jail, which began after her July arrest when Payne was still wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest for shoplifting, CBS46 reports.

In an interview Monday with CBS46, Payne seemed more interested in talking about the future than the past, specifically she said there’s a book about her life in the works.

“I already know that there’s one coming, I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t,” she said.

Payne said the book proceeds will all go toward dream of helping foster children. “Any and all money I ever get from a book will go in that fund,” she said.

Read: Police Post Silly Selfies of Woman on the Lam in Bid to Catch Her

Payne’s many heists-including the theft of a 10 ½-carat diamond in Monte Carlo years ago-were the subject of the 2013 documentary The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.

“There’s never been a day, that I went to steal, when I did not get what I went to do,” Payne boasts in the documentary.

Watch: Employee Refuses To Let Alleged Shoplifter Go Until Cops Arrive

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