Calif. Woman, 82, With Rap Sheet Dating To 1955, Suspected Of Burglary

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(CBS/KCBS) TORRANCE - An 82-year-old woman who has served time in state prison nine times and has 25 known aliases, has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing at least eight doctors' offices in southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Police arrested Doris Thompson on Thursday at a motel in El Segundo, the Daily Breeze of Torrance reports.

Police say they believe Thompson visited doctors' offices and hid inside until workers went home for the night. She would then come out of hiding, search for keys and steal cash from lock boxes, police reportedly told the newspaper. She's believed to have stolen a total $17,000 in eight burglaries since March.

The octogenarian has a 21-page rap sheet dating back to 1955, according to the Daily Breeze . She's been arrested for disturbing the peace, burglary, forgery and grand theft in cities from Los Angeles to the South Bay to Beverly Hills. She was arrested in connection with a homicide in 1957, but was deemed insane and committed to a hospital.

Thompson pleaded guilty two years ago to similar burglaries, and was released on parole in November.

According to the newspaper, Thompson reportedly told detectives at her sentencing that she "wouldn't do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money."

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