LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 82-year-old woman whose rap sheet goes back more than 50 years pleaded not guilty Tuesday to burglarizing doctors’ offices in a Los Angeles County court appearance where she shouted at television cameras, asking reporters why they were there.
“Why are they filming, I’m not newsworthy,” said Doris Ann Gamble, who was charged with seven counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. “I’m an 82-year-old woman that does burglaries, why is that newsworthy?”
During the hearing, where she wore headphones to help with her hearing, she asked angrily why reporters were there and treating an old woman “like I’m Dillinger or something.”
Authorities said Gamble 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 last week 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, has a 21-page rap sheet dating back to 1955, according to the Daily Breeze newspaper.
Eighteen months ago, the 5-foot-3 woman pleaded guilty to burglary and she was sentenced to prison. She thanked the judge, saying she wanted to serve the full three years in prison, where she expected to die, but was released on parole in November.
She faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the new charges.
As she was led from court, Gamble looked at the cameras one more time and said, “Maybe put a couple thousand dollars in my account in the county jail, I wouldn’t mind.”
Her bail was set at $260,000.