Elderly woman charged in burglaries

TORRANCE - An 82-year-old woman with a history of burglarizing offices was charged Monday with multiple counts of commercial burglary after she allegedly made after-hours visits to several South Bay doctors' offices.Doris Ann Gamble, aka Doris Thompson, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Torrance Superior Court. She was charged with seven counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of attempted commercial burglary. Gamble allegedly stole about $17,000 from various doctors' offices between March and August by hiding out until closing time then pilfering from the cash drawers, prosecutors allege. Gamble was arrested Thursday at an El Segundo motel by Torrance police. Prosecutors are asking her bail be set at $260,000. If convicted, she faces more than five years in county jail.

********** Published: September 6, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 21