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Nine prison sentences hasn’t stopped lady octogenarian burglar

By Sandy Sand     Mar 3, 2010 in Crime
For this 80-year-old Southern California woman, her burglary tools are simple as are most of the things she steals and she’s a specialist, only burglarizing medical buildings.
Well, everyone has his niche:
"She likes to burglarize medical suites for some reason. That's her niche," said Paulette Paccione, the Los Angeles County deputy district attorney.
Her last theft occurred in December 2009, when security cameras caught Doris Thompson prying open drawers using a chisel and screwdriver, Paccione said.
Her loot: $400 in cash; stamps and checks totaling $25; a plastic urine container; and an audiogram machine used for testing children‘s hearing, valued at $1,000, said South coast Sgt. Jeremiah Hart of the of the Torrance Police Department.
Officials seriously doubt that sentencing Thompson to her 9th prison term after she confessed to her latest burglary will deter her petty criminal ways. She told the judge after she was sentenced that 'it probably wasn’t long enough,' Paccione said.
This was not the first time Thompson targeted the building, Hart said. In 2005 and 2006, she burglarized other medical offices in the complex while wearing a wig.
"That's her M.O.," Paccione said. "What she does is she goes in with her little burglar bag. She takes cash, stamps, whatever she can find."
Thompson has a rap sheet going back to 1955, and Paccione added that Thompson has used 25 aliases over the years and is a rare women.
"You usually don't get 80-year-old female burglars. "I don't think this will stop her from doing this again," Paccione said. "She's not really apologetic about it. This is her thing."
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