Woman denies 73rd arrest charges

November 18, 2008 4:23:41 AM PST
A New York City woman with a criminal record stretching back nearly four decades says she didn't steal the wallet that led to her 73rd arrest.

Police say 76-year-old Katherine Kelly was in a Manhattan supermarket last month when she snatched a wallet that officers had left in a shopping cart as bait and stuffed it in her bra.

Kelly used a cane to hobble into Supreme Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Well, prosecutors believe it was Kelly who showed up in court. They say the woman has used at least 36 aliases since December 1971, when she was arrested as Charlotte Martinelli and was charged with forgery.

They say she's been convicted at least 16 times in her criminal career.