Woman, 82, Suspected of Burglary; Rap Sheet Dates Back to 1955

CBS Los Angeles, August 31, 2012

An 82-year-old woman with a rap sheet dating back to 1955 has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing at least eight doctors’ offices throughout Torrance.


Police believe [Dorris] Thompson visited doctors’ offices and hid inside until workers went home for the night. When the coast was clear, she would come out of hiding, search for keys, open lock boxes and remove cash, police told the newspaper. She’s believed to have stolen $17,000 from eight burglaries since March.

Dorris Thompson


Thompson has a 21-page rap sheet that includes arrests from 1955 for disturbing the peace, burglary, forgery and grand theft from Los Angeles to the South Bay to Beverly Hills, according to the Daily Breeze. She was arrested in connection with a homicide in 1957, but was deemed insane and committed to a hospital.

The octogenarian previously pleaded guilty two years ago for similar burglaries, and reportedly asked if she would be serving the entire three years of her sentence. Thompson was released on parole in November.

According to the newspaper, she reportedly told detectives at her sentencing that she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money.”

Kim reported that Thompson served time in state prison nine times and has 25 known aliases.


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  • “According to the newspaper, she reportedly told detectives at her
    sentencing that she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government
    gave us more money.”

    Wow it looks like the NAACP has found their official spokesperson and mascot! 

    *If Obama had a black mother, she would look just like Dorris Thompson.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      “us” doesn’t include you and me.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       “SoCal wrote – Wow it looks like the NAACP has found their official spokesperson and mascot! ”


      I was going to ask if one of those arrests since 1955 was for sitting in the wrong part of the buss.

      • crystal evans

        And if it was, we would have never heard about it because the NAACP would not have taken her case due to her criminal record. The reason why they took Rosa Parks’ case is because she was a married woman who had never been in trouble with the law before the arrest for refusing to get up from the seat when the driver instructed her to do so.

  • IstvanIN

    She has got ambition, that is for sure, still “working” at 82!

  • Biff_Maliboo

    A true civil rights icon! Worthy of mention alongside Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and Shelia Jackson Lee!

    • Church_of_Jed

      Ida Wells, Michelle Obama, Coretta Scott King, Bernice King, Eleanor Holmes, tatted n’gro girls in rap videos, n’gro Diversity Sensitivity trainers with short dreadlocks and eyeglasses low on their wide noses

  • whiteyyyyy

    Credit where credit is due, i like her work ethic

  • loyalwhitebriton

    As darkly comic as this story is, if Ms. Thompson emigrated to the UK, say London, no doubt the local Council would find her a £multi-million appartment, overlooking Richmond Park, with free NHS and dental care, plus a state pension and other benefits. Just ask the thousands of Somali immigrants here; Britain is a soft touch.
    Darkly comic, indeed.

    “..wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money..”

    So, predominantly white taxpayers are to blame for not keeping the likes of Ms. Thompson in the lap of luxury?
    This seething sense of entitlement is the natural default psychology of all minorities; always has been, always will be.

    • Dr. Möbias

      She has a rap sheet going back to 1955 so it’s Eisenhower’s fault.

  • kjh64

    “According to the newspaper, she reportedly told detectives at her sentencing that she “wouldn’t do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money.””

    Well let’s see. I’d say the govnerment has already given this criminal a lot of money. It’s paid for her free lawyers, it pays for her free medical care via medicare/medicaid, it pays for her food and I’m sure pays for her place to live in government housing.Of course that’s not enough for her.

  • bbshaw

    She’s more industrious than most of her ilk.  The rest of them just have the tax-collectors shake down the surrounding populace for them.  She is(relatively speaking) a real self-starter.

  • The__Bobster

    Some people here think that old age cures TNB. I still insist that only death accomplishes that.

  • IKantunderstand

    Here’s a thought, why don’t you try using your criminal expertise for good? You know, though I really don’t think blacks care at all about making money fair and square; I truly believe they enjoy making money by scam, by robbery, by stealing, by…Anyway,  why not send the smartest of them to negotiate trade with the Chinese? With the Mexicans? With the Arabs? Let them have their natural way of doing things. Or, organize them against illegal aliens. “There’s money in it for you”. Could we not direct them to robbing muslims? sikhs? asians? (And of course, by this I mean, even MORE than they do already. Seriously, they are currently outdated farm equipment, is there no way to turn them into productive members of society?

  • Dr. Möbias

    Well, we know she didn’t spend any of the loot at the beauty parlor.   Wonder what she looked like before the racist cops tased her.

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    If they had only given her seventeen thousand dollars she wouldn’t have to steal it.

  • “Classic negro”.

  • crystal evans

    This woman is nothing more than a career criminal. It would not have mattered to her if the government gave her more money, she would still steal because that is how she supported herself.

  • JackKrak

    Why wasn’t she the keynote speaker at the Democratic convention? I can think of no better representation of everything they stand for.

  • Does anyone know if this hottie is single?

  • Ulick

    She’s been committing crimes since 1955.  Coincidentally, that’s the year that Michael J. Fox goes back to in ‘Back to the Future’.  I wish America could hop in the DeLorean and return to 1955.

  • If she was deemed insane why is she not in a hospital now?

  • whitestone57

     Where Is Sharpton”?