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82-year-old veteran burglar gets 6 years in jail for latest heist

October 19, 2012 | 12:53 pm

BurglarAn 82-year-old woman with a 20-page rap sheet dating back to 1955 was sentenced Friday to six years in jail after she pleaded guilty to yet another burglary job.

Doris Ann Gamble, who also goes by Doris Ann Thompson as well as 24 other aliases, pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary and attempted burglary.

According to court records, she has been imprisoned at least nine times for burglaries in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

She was arrested last month at an El Segundo hotel where police say they found evidence linking her to recent burglaries.

A detective in the case that he recognized her from a security video that apparently caught her using a chisel and screwdriver to open drawers at the Children’s Medical Group in Torrance. In that case, she reportedly hid in a restroom until workers left for the day.

In particular, the detective said, he recalled her distinctive hair, which she wears in a stand-on-its-end electric style similar to boxing promoter Don King.

Gamble allegedly took $400 in cash and checks, $25 worth of stamps, a device used to test children's hearing and a plastic urine container. In all, police said, the stolen goods had a total value of about $1,400.

"That's her M.O.," Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paulette Paccione said. "What she does is she goes in with her little burglar bag. She takes cash, stamps, whatever she can find."

Gamble, according to the Daily Breeze, joked with the judge and told him she doubted she would last out her latest jail sentence.

Although she assured the court her burglarizing days were over, Paccione wasn't so sure.

"I don't think this will stop her from doing this again," Paccione said at the time of her arrest in September. "She's not really apologetic about it.

“This is her thing," he added.


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Photo: Doris Ann Gamble, a.k.a. Doris Ann Thompson. Credit: KTLA.