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She's Still Got It: 82-Year-Old Burglar Suspected Of 8 New Crimes
Police say they suspect that an 82-year-old female burglar hasn't yet gone into retirement. Investigators say Doris Thompson has a pretty recognizable M.O. In the past, she was convicted of visiting doctors' offices and hiding out until past closing time. When the coast is clear, she tries to find keys to open lockboxes and she tries to get her hands on as much cash as she can, according to The Daily Breeze.
When Thompson was sent to prison at age 80, she told the judge that she thought it would be a life sentence.
"I'm 80 years old. I don't think I'll ever come back—except I'm going to die and be in the morgue," Thompson said in court, according to the Breeze.
Despite her age, the prosecutor on the case back then, Paulette Paccione, suggested Thompson's sentence be longer. According to the Los Angeles Times, she said: "I don't think this will stop her from doing this again. She's not really apologetic about it. This is her thing."
Paccione's intuition was right, if the most recent allegations against Thompson are true. Investigators say that they've tied her to 8 burglaries since she was released from prison last November, and in at least one case they recognized her on a surveillance video. She was arrested on Thursday at a motel in El Segundo.
Thompson has been a cook, a clerk and a nanny. But she spent the better part of her 82 years in prison and has a rap sheet that dates back to the 50's, The Daily Breeze reports:
Thompson has a 21-page rap sheet that includes arrests since 1955 that include disturbing the peace, burglary, forgery and grand theft from Los Angeles to the South Bay and Beverly Hills. In 1957, police arrested her in connection with a homicide, but she was deemed insane and committed to a hospital.
Two years ago she said she "wouldn't do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money."