Woman, 82, Charged With 7 Counts Of Burglary, Angry At Media Attention

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 82-year-old woman whose rap sheet goes back more than 50 years pleaded not guilty to burglarizing doctors’ offices in a Los Angeles County court appearance, where she also lashed out at television cameras, asking why she was newsworthy.

Prosecutors said Doris Thompson (aka Gamble) was charged Tuesday with seven counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

During the hearing she asked angrily why reporters were there and treating an 82-year-old woman like she was “Dillinger or something.”

Authorities said Thompson stole about $17,000 from doctors’ offices between March and August by hiding out until closing time, then pilfering from the cash drawers. Prosecutors said Thompson, who has prior convictions, was arrested last week at a motel.

It wasn’t immediately known if Thompson had retained an attorney.

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