At age 82, Doris Thompson is one of Southern California’s oldest career criminals — and cops claim she’s not done adding to her 20-page rap sheet.
Thompson was nabbed Thursday at a motel for allegedly stealing $17,000 in a string of robberies in Torrance, The Daily Breeze reported.
Police allege the octogenarian had been stealing from doctors’ offices — the same type of crime she pleaded guilty to in February 2010.
Charges could come Tuesday for Thompson, who was being held on $80,000 bail.
“When she was taken into custody, she advised detectives that her arrest was a case of mistaken identity,” Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt told The Daily Breeze.
Thompson — who’s reportedly been arrested at least nine times for burglary in the past 29 years — was more than ready for another stint in prison, she told the judge after her arrest two years ago.
“I’m 80 years old,” Thompson previously said, according to The Daily Breeze. “I don’t think I’ll ever come back — except I’m going to die and be in the morgue.”
Her crimes reportedly date back to 1955, when she was about 25 years old. During her life, the 5-foot 3 woman has held more traditional jobs, working as a nanny and a cook — but also kept about 25 aliases, according to reports.
Two years ago, Thompson pleaded guilty to stealing from a medical office, swiping $1,400 worth of cash and other items, including a plastic urine container and hearing device, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She made parole in November and was back on the streets.
Surveillance footage from the latest robberies allegedly captured Thompson, who was identified in part by her distinguishable Don King-esque white mane, the Los Angeles Times said.
Watt told the newspaper that Thompson would enter the doctor’s office and hide out before closing. When all was clear, she would allegedly rummage for keys to the cash box.
She is a suspect in eight such break-ins, but police say it took a while to find her because she was bouncing from motel to motel.
Prosecutors in 2010 said prison probably wouldn’t change Thompson since burglaries were “her thing.”
She said then at a hearing that she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money,” according to The Daily Breeze.