By Rachel Kim

Torrance, CA (KCAL/CNN) - An 82-year-old woman in California is accused of living a life of crime.

Police say she was recently arrested in connection with a series of burglaries.

She doesn't look like your average career criminal, but police say this woman has spent decades of her 82 years behind bars.

Torrance police again arrested Doris Thompson on Thursday at an El Segundo motel for eight burglaries at doctors' offices in Torrance.

"We got crime reports regarding cash missing from the office," said Sgt. Steven Jenkinson.

A couple of weeks ago police began investigating burglary reports at offices near hospitals.

Detectives went over surveillance video, which they say revealed how Thompson was able to steal a total of $17,000.

"Where she would go into an office while it was open, and then hide until it was closed, and then rummage around and looked for cash," said Sgt. Jenkinson.

Detectives immediately recognized Thompson and her M.O. from the video. They say it's exactly the way she committed a series of burglaries two years ago when she pleaded guilty apologetically.

"She asked to do her full three-year term in prison and asked to go directly to prison," said Sgt. Jenkinson.

Thompson was released on parole after serving only nine months.

Two years later investigators say the burglaries started up again.

Police say Thompson has a really long rap sheet with crimes like burglary and grand theft dating back to 1955. She served time in state prison nine times, and had 15 aliases.

She was also arrested in 1957 in connection with a murder, but was committed to a hospital after being deemed insane.

"It's sad, I mean, anyway you look at it," said Sgt. Jenkinson.

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