June Humphreys, a 79-year-old great-grandmother from Britain, reportedly embarked on a five-year crime spree because she was bored and lonely.
The Daily Mail reports that in her mid-70s, Humphreys began traveling around using her free senior bus pass and swiping hundreds of dollars worth of goods off store shelves and into her trolley.
During her most recent arrest, officers reportedly asked Humphreys why she steals, to which she replied, “I’m bored I suppose. I just wanted to get out of Crewe.”
Humphreys’ probation officer seems to agree.
“She knows what she is doing is wrong,” he said during one of Humphrey’s court appearances. “The main reason for her doing this is boredom. She lives alone.”
“She has seven children but the only one she has contact with lives above her.”
He also added that Humphreys has “acquired the [criminal] record of a heroin addict” throughout the past few years.
Indeed, at Humphreys’ latest hearing, a court chairwoman told her, “You have got quite a prolific history from over the last few years so it’s difficult to know how to deal with it.”
The court ultimately chose to fine Humphreys £80 as well as £135 in costs and a £30 surcharge.
Many commenters on The Daily Mail’s story about June Humphreys appear very sympathetic.