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A Kleptomaniac is a person who is afflicted with Kleptomania, a compulsion to repeatedly steal "worthless" items, such as keychains and small fruit.

It is unclear whether it is due to depression, or people who are seeking more control of their life, but there are very few cases where diagnosed kleptomaniacs have stolen expensive items along the lines of jewelry and automobiles.
Winona Ryder was caught shoplifting several times at a grocery store, and is believed to be a kleptomaniac.
by David Salberg April 11, 2006