This is officially my favorite news story of the day: It tells about an all-female London gang that existed from as early as the 1700s to the 1950s, pulling enormous shoplifting heists and beating up anyone who invaded their turf.
“Dressed in specially tailored coats, cummerbunds, muffs, skirts, bloomers and hats sewn with hidden pockets, they mounted raids on London’s West End shops, where they plundered goods worth thousands of pounds. … They became so well known in London that panic erupted when they were seen near high-class shops.”
Check out the whole thing here. It’d make great inspiration for a story, I think!