Report: Elderly Philly Woman Steals Taxi, Starts Collecting Fares

A woman in Philadelphia stands accused of stealing a taxi then using it to pick up fares.

According to The Associated Press, 65-year-old Betty Thomas hailed the cab around midnight on Thursday and requested she be dropped off at a casino.

Before the driver reached the destination, however, she reportedly asked him to stop at a gas station.

According to NBC News, surveillance footage shows the driver helping Thomas into the gas station to buy a bottle of water.

For some reason or another, the pair stayed at the gas station for roughly 90 minutes, often just out of view of security cameras.

Eventually, the pair reportedly re-emerge on camera, arguing. Thomas eventually jumped in and took off.

According to The Daily Mail, police tracked Thomas down a half hour later and found her driving the taxi with a 23-year-old woman and her infant daughter inside.

The 23-year-old reportedly did not know the taxi had been stolen.

“It’s a pretty unusual job to steal a cab and then start picking up passengers like you’re a cab driver,” The Daily Mail quotes Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small as stating.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that before, it’s definitely a bizarre story.”

Thomas is reportedly facing charges of theft-unlawful taking, theft of services, theft-receiving stolen property, terroristic threats and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The Daily Mail
NBC News
The Associated Press



  1. January

    July 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Steals a cab, drives people around; one can say at least she worked for her money.

  2. ytuque

    July 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    It’s exhausting being black.

  3. Beaches1

    July 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I think she should get some sort of award…

  4. Jena Witherson

    July 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Sounds more like Crazy Taxi, than Grand Theft Auto to me – did she do a drive by?

    • Drapetomania

      July 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I’m pretty sure you can do that in GTA.

      • MLMII

        July 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        You can.

  5. Arnold Layne

    July 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Must of watched Bill Maher in D.C. Cab and decided to help fight the man and raise money for her own cab company. She was probably driving around looking for Gary Busey and Mr. T.

  6. bookish1

    July 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What were she and the taxi driver doing at the gas station for 90 minutes, I wonder?

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