YUBA CITY, CA - A woman who police say stole some food from a convenience store and physically threatened a clerk who tried to stop her was booked into the Sutter County Jail in what appears to be her 48th arrest.
Alberta Manigo, 58, is being charged with armed robbery because the AM/PM incident reportedly involved a box cutter.
It was Manigo's fourth trip to the county jail in just the past two months.
Police took Manigo into custody earlier in the week on a burglary charge.
She was booked for spousal battery involving a boyfriend at Christmas, and disorderly conduct on Nov. 13.
News10 discovered dozens of previous arrests spanning decades in Manigo's home state of Louisiana, where she went by the last name of Woods.
Manigo listed a home address on Lytle Road outside Yuba City, but neighbors say she'd recently been living out of a shopping cart.
"I feel sorry for her because she really needs help," said Elaine Stone, who lives across the street from the house where Manigo had stayed.
Another neighbor, Lloyd Beach, said Manigo was very nice to him but showed signs of mental illness.
Beach said Manigo needs a hospital more than she needs jail.
"Our system is putting the mentally ill in prison instead of putting them where they belong" Beach said.
"If she'd been picked up off the street, she wouldn't have been arrested (48) times."
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net