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82-year-old Calif. burglar sentenced to 6 years

Posted: October 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 82-year-old woman whose rap sheet goes back more than 50 years has been sentenced in Los Angeles to six years in state prison.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says Doris Ann Gamble was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of petty theft and admitting to four prior burglary convictions.

Authorities said the 5-foot-3 woman stole about $17,000 from doctors' offices between March and August by hiding out until closing time, then pilfering from the cash drawers.

Gamble was arrested in August at a motel in Torrance after a police detective recognized her from a previous case as he looked at surveillance video.

Gamble, who has also gone by the name Doris Thompson and other aliases, has a criminal record dating back to 1955.



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